Excellent show. Agreed on the Heyward LVP. Agreed on McCann being dogged and both of the unders. Begrudgingly agreed that Bobby has … ugh… well, can I just say he’d done less to subtract from the team than he has in a long, long time?
Here’s a question: if you had a magic injury potion, would you spend it on Chipper to keep Infante in the line up, or on Kawakami when Jurrjens comes back? Can you imagine if JJ had pitched all the games with which KK has built his 0-8 record? I say that’s at least 3 more wins, even if JJ struggled some.
I’m going to go against my first instinct, which is to predict a 3-4 week with Heyward, Prado, and Chipper all with hurt hands and no Saito and no rest and visiting the Twins… and instead predict: 6 and 1. Cuz I’ve lost my mind in Braves love.
Game 2 of the Phillies series is my fave also. Mostly because I was there with freakin awesome seats and no one asked me to take them to Toon Town or hold them because they were tired and hot. AND…some nice old guy bought me a beer.
Couldn’t McCann have one clear lens for his good eye? It seems like that would be fairly easy.
J-Hey? LVP? WHAT? Hate hate hate! Just kidding. What do we think about J-Hey’s thumb issues? Very nervous about the kid.
“I think Bobby deserves a lot of credit.” Curt
Just thought we needed that in writing.
I just got done laughing from Curt comparing the April Braves to a corpse floating down the river. That show was strong to quite strong. Props to Hammy and Curt for mentioning the World Cup. Did you guys see Edson Buddle on Saturday? Nate like Buddle. Nate want Buddle to start against England on Saturday. Anyway, back to the Braves.
Wow, Bub picked 6-1. Unbelievable. I’m gonna go with 5-2. Kudos to renaming the LVP the McLouth. I think Heyward deserves it. You can’t talk about how you love being in clutch situations and then strike out all over the place. C’mon. How lame is that Heyward. He has lost his Manbeast title. I think Hinske is starting to come back to planet Earth too. I saw from DOB that Chavez has an ERA over 11 and batters are hitting like .328 against him. Why is he on the team? Cough. Mike Dunn. Cough. The first Marlins game we lost was a Chavez debacle too. If we had held what KK left, then we would have won, but, as Hammy pointed out, this is baseball and you can’t win ‘em all. Bobby, judging from postgame quotes, was pretty disappointed with Chavez , and I was glad to hear that he was very disappointed the series was not won today. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Mr. Heyward get another day off and Mr.Chavez a trip to AAA. With the bullpen pitching the way they are, Chavez sticks out as the why is on this team guy. Especially with Dunn at AAA having a 0.70ish ERA, and his WHIP is a respectable 1.09. That decision should be a Dunn deal. Wah-Wah. (Price Is Right failure horns playing in head for that pun)
Possible additional pick for upcoming week: Next area of injury. This team has gone from groins to hamstrings to hands in their injury progression. What’s next? Also, what is it with the McBlinds? (don’t both have vision problems)
Teaching drum lessons with a headache is awful. I wish ten year olds practiced more. I hope I get to experience some great baseball later today. Is the baseball draft really actually televised? Do people watch? I guess there are fans even more die hard than me. The Braves have yet to contact me on resurrecting my 2B skills.
“What do tigers dream of when they take a little tiger snooze?”
Still makes me laugh every time. Anne, way to slow and my arm is the big reason why my high school coach pointed at the space between first and second and said “go get ‘em kid”. My high school coach must have read “Cliche Encouragement for Players” by Bobby Cox. I hate West Coast start times. Oh well, maybe this next kid practiced………
Haha…Kate, you could be right. Do you listen to that podcast?
Maybe everyone’s already heard the interview with Jim Joyce the night of the terrible blown call robbing Galarraga of the perfect game. If not, you should. It’s painful but as was said on the show that guys got a butt load of character. You can tell the media guys felt bad for him.
I was wondering, since there are a few parents on the blog, what you thought of Galarraga’s reaction. I thought it was a good example of great sportsmanship for the kids. He didn’t cuss, scream, or throw his glove. He just smiled and got the next out. I was just talking with the father of one of my student’s, and he said he’s using it as an example for all his little leaguers. Pretty cool idea.
Rambo the miniature pomeranian (he came named) was taken off the mean streets of Birmingham AL and brought to Atlanta GA to star as Mama Rose’s “Chow Mein” in a production of Gypsy in 2002. I drew the short straw and got to keep him. He came with hip displasia and blindness in one eye. They told me he was about 1 at the time…I think he’s older, but have no proof. He’s now nearly completely blind and deaf to boot. His little back legs just aren’t working like they should. He’s otherwise healthy (tail up, eating, will lick your hand, goes outside as he should) but collapses after a few steps. I’ve been putting of a vet visit for some weeks. Maybe they can do something for him…for all I know, he’s diabetic and will be fine with a drug regimen. This dog moves so slowly, I should re-name him Garret Anderson. (ABT Announcer Scott knows this dog!)
Lowe is mixing his location well, but they’re still getting good wood on the ball. I give him credit for working super hard to keep his game from falling apart, but when a sinker ball doesn’t sink, it’s got to be an uphill battle. This could be a long game/contract.
Phils lost. I would like the Braves to find a way to pull this one out. If the Mets get in this thing I’ll develop an eye twitch I just know it. I don’t hate the Mets, but their fans troll message boards worse than any.
Yeah…I was thinking the same thing about his sinker. That’s when he throw the ball and it does something special as it approaches the plate. As opposed to the other pitch he throws that does something completely different.
G’night. Braves made a game of it. You know, it’s the weirdest thing, I may have actually reached the point where the Braves have satisfied me that they’re going to play hard and win more games than they lose… and it seems – SEEMS – to have made me feel pretty okay with losing ballgames. I was even thinking today that if they don’t make the play offs, I won’t be too broken.
But… as Steve says… winning is so much better. Get ‘em tomorrow.
The starters have to do a better job if these guys are going to continue to win. Hanson and Lowe’s pitch counts are killing the bullpen. That was a BAD outing form D-Lowe. It’s the D’Backs. Dontrelle Willis is one of their starters. That’s how bad they are. Lowe has to get a hold on his control. If I was in the home run derby this year, I would bring Derek Lowe and his sinker out to pitch to me. His ERA is back over 5. Like McLouth, he has really underperformed since becoming a Brave. That really sucks.
Disappointing for sure. It’s rough to watch this team (any team, really) when the starting pitching is bad. And wow was Lowedemort bad (we were clearly very, very premature in calling him DLowe on the show). I will not be happy with a split in AZ.
Question: Who is, as of this morning, on a regimen of three new medications due to vertebrae rubbing against each other? (a) Brad Penny of the St. Louis Cardinals, (b) Casey Blake of the Los Angeles Dodgers, (c) Mike Sweeney of the Seattle Mariners, or (d) Rambo the pomeranian? (…and yes, technically Rambo is a “what” not a “who”)
Is that really how you feel Curt or are you trying to be positive? I don’t ask that sarcastically but seriously. I get it but it feels more like a missed opportunity. The Rev often tries to comfort me with those words and it pisses me off. I know what you guys mean…it’s way better than losing ground but it provides little comfort.
It’s how I feel. Primarily, I want us to win. Secondarily, I want them to lose. Preferably with those things happening simultaneously. But if we are losing, let’s hope they are too. Remember, the last few years when all the teams were scuttling, and we couldn’t make up any ground because we were playing awful too. You’re going to have patches over the season where you don’t play as well, and you can only hope that those coincide with losing streaks by other teams. Not saying we aren’t playing well, but this is a tough road trip and last night was a let down game. It’s good we didn’t lose any ground as a result. If we come home from this still with a 2 game lead, I’ll be happy.
Curt being positive. Bub being positive. This is a crazy. I agree with Curt, though, that getting home to a day off with a 2 game lead would be a success. I am worried about all of our hitters and their hurt hands, though. We could use a couple more Omar Infantes right now. The Phillies have a pretty tough rest of the month too. They play @ Bos and NYY and they have to host the Twins. The way Philly is playing, they could easily lose all of those series They also get Toronto, playing really well, and then the Reds, who are legit. They get to play CLE in there, we play the Royals. They start play a series with FLA today. The Mets are now 2.5 back.
Of the three- Braves, Mets, Phillies- the Mets have the easier schedule this month, again. They play the Orioles and Indians in interleague play. I apologize if I made anyone dumber for having to read through my last post. Sometimes English me no do good. I vow to proof read more in the future.
Nate – I am VERY worried about Prado and Heyward’s nagging injuries. Not to state the obvious, but it becomes April all over again if those guys slump for a prolonged period.
I’m with Curt on the game last night. I can’t argue it was a missed opportunity. It was. But better that the Phils lose. It’s about time we were on top not losing ground even when we take care of business.
Mara – did you see that Heyward is now 2nd in OF All-Star voting. Your wish is not coming true it seems.
I want more. I know I should be happy and enjoy being in first but 2 games doesn’t feel safe. Philly won’t always struggle. But since Bub says we’re going 6-1 the loss is behind us and we’re all going to have a happy week!
Saito’s leg hurts.
JJ’s leg hurts.
JJ’s arm might still hurt.
I feel like Ed Harris in Apollo 13: “Let’s look at these things from a… from a standpoint of status. What have we got on that spacecraft that’s good?”
Glaus, Infante, Escobar, and Hinske. Those are our healthy offensive weapons.
The offensive’s wounds in order from least likely to make them unproductive, to most likely to make them unproductive:
Prado, who seems in pain, but productive.
McCann, who’s problem seems intermittent enough to allow some hits.
Chipper, should come out of this problem soon, but… another one always lurks.
Heyward who seems not only unable to produce at all, but is apparently season-threatening in length of injury and hits very high in the line up.
Ugh. Keep our heads up, I guess. But we might get swept by the Twins and/ or Rays if we don’t get some relief. I cursed us with that 6-1 madness.
I want to see this headline, which would be appropriate:
Chipper Jones Pronounced Injury Free, Listed as Day to Day.
Bub, I like the Apollo 13 comparison and quote. We also found out that Christian Martinez is better than Chavez, so that’s a plus to take away from last night’s game. I hate to say it, but Prado seems like a guy who could use a day off. At a certain point, you have to protect these athletes from themselves. Prado’s desire to play no matter what reminds me of a dog who will chase a tennis ball until he literally drops. The problem is that even when those guys are hurt they’re better than half the team. Chipper has to man up now. This team needs him to play and play well. That way Omar can fill in for Prado on occasion, and he can play left and let Hinske or Cabrera play RF. Jason Heyward needs days off every once in a while, too. He’s had like 1.
I went to a store called Tiger Pride Bama Fever today and spent 10 full minutes explaining to my almost 5 year old that the Crimson A did NOT mean Go Braves. Poor fella’s so confused. We got him straightened out and now he’s wearing his orange and blue “War Eagle” shirt.
That’s pure child abuse, Mara. Not to mention a fashion sin. Who could pick that blue and orange mess over the Crimson? Even when I lived in Auburn and tried to root for them I had to just get the navy blue shirts.
According to the Braves Minor League site, Arodys Vizcaino has not allowed an earned run in 33 1/3 IP. His numbers are really good. With him and the other pitching prospects, I can see why the Braves have been drafting more hitters in the opening rounds of the draft this year.
Right now the Marlins are up 4-3 on Phils. If I were the Fish I would try to score 12. If the Sillies gets to their pen, then YIKES! They were up 5-1 on the Mutts Sunday, then the bullpen came in, and they lost like 7-6. Now, as I type this, they’ve scored two more and are up 6-3. The Sillies appear to have holes in their gloves.
I’ve got the game on gameday, but I’m watching Mary Poppins for the first time since I was a kid. Since I got my first nice t.v. I’ve been doing a little tour of a lot of old special effects movies. This is one of the better ones. The animated park scene is stunning in HD.
Every time I glance up at Mary and look back the Braves have 3 outs.
Don’t go to bed! I watched the part where Jane and Michael write an advertisement (emphasis on “ver”) and sing it for Fahthah until I had the little song memorized. I could still sing it, in a British accent no less, to this day.
Sigh, Kelly. I was reading an INSIDER article today on Prado and they had to mention that KJ is leading all second basemen in OPS. Apparently he’s got some walks to go with those homers. Got his patience back.
That was actually me. On both accounts. I was doing some work on here and got logged in as Steve. It really sucks if Medlen just screwed up his shoulder. Really, really sucks. You never want your pitcher walking off with a dead arm.
re #253 – “Mara” did you hear my comment at ABT night when McDowell went out to talk to Venters…he told him that if he could finish off the 9th with a win, they’d upgrade his cute little backpack from Hannah Montana to Taylor Swift. Go Braves!!
Today looks like a big ol’ nasty L in the pitching comparisons. The Braves have an opportunity to really impress me here. And honestly, they need to. They need to scrap one out. I won’t be too down on them if they don’t, but MAN do we need a pick-me up after losing 3 of the last 5.
On a happy note, the Dodgers have beaten the Cards twice in their first two games, making L.A. 8-2 over their last ten games. We’re the two.
Josh Johnson versus Halladay today. That’s the best you can ask for.
BTW, we will win the allstar game this year and for a few years to come.
Halladay, Jimenez, Lincecum, Strasburg >>> Sabathia, Greinke, etc.
Yeah, I said Strasburg. Somebody shoot me.
The over/under for homeruns Kawakami serves up in the first inning in AZ is 4.
If you want any encouraging news on Kawakami, I just discovered that in all those poor teams we faced in May, KK only pitched against the Pirates once and the DBacks once. He missed the other Pirate series, the Astros, and the Brewers.
In those games against Arizona and the Bucs, KK gave up 3 runs and 2, respectively, and the Braves won both games.
I’m ready for the bull pen. So I almost ran over an almost dead snake today, a BIG snake and just as I was passing over it my kid learned how to blow through a straw and hit the back of my neck. I almost jumped through the windshield. Go BRAVES!
KK just rubbed sweat off his wrists and onto the ball which I find way more acceptable than licking your dirty, nasty fingers which you then have to wipe on your pants before touching the ball. Btw, is that a rule so you don’t take something out of your mouth and rub it on the ball.
McOut is the Private Pile of the Atlanta Braves. They should make him walk behind the team bus while sucking his thumb with his pants around his ankles. D Blows deserves the same treatment. Full Metal Braves.
I don’t really understand who gets the win but since KK isn’t pitching the 7th and we didn’t score in the 7th does that mean he cannot get the W? Ya know, provided we actually put up a run or something?
Thanks Curt but I just default to KK getting the loss in every game he pitches. Sometime I would like a tutorial on which pitcher gets the W and the L or neither. Anybody got a good link? Bub, how tall is your coffee table? Bub?
I feel for McLouth cause clearly he’s hurt and I hate that. However, everytime they show the replay it looks like Heyward woulda had that ball. I love McLouth bustin it to get there but the kid had it. Not sure what coulda shoulda happened and it doesn’t matter cause it didn’t.
That folks is about the worst way to lose a game. That’s 4 losses out of the last 6. I see a bad moon arising.
And watching that play now 400 more times is that it’s McLouth’s ball. Heyward ran him over. The center fielder has the play if he can make it andit was in his glove, or thereabouts, before he got dump trucked by Heyward.
Bad, bad loss. Time for Peter to get skipped a few times in the rotation.
I haven’t seen a team lose on an inside the park home run since I played little league. Thanks Pete. McOut probably could have avoided his headache and mine had Moylan not thrown a mid 80s pitch down the middle of the plate. It’s probably a situation where Bobby will continue to use him in clutch situations because of Pete’s success in past years. It’s the same logic that keeps Chipper batting 3rd, McOut starting in CF (barring injury), and Omar on the bench. Tough loss.
It looked like McLouth never called him off, which is odd given they almost ran into each other earlier in the game. As if McLouth thought he had worked something out with Heyward about balls in the gap. Phils got rained out so just down a half game for now.
Leah, congrats to you sister’s brother in law. That’s awesome.
Riding on minimal sleep and heading out West. DOB’s postgame quotes need some editing on the profanity. He must be sleep deprived, too. Kind of disappointed he didn’t ask McOut about being 0-15 with runners in scoring position and leaving 6 on base last night. I don’t buy The Perfect Storm flyball theory. They make it sound like it was an unavoidable disaster. It wasn’t. Also, hit balls with guys on and that play doesn’t cost them the game. Now McOut will be coddled even more than he already is.
I also don’t buy that no one had time to call it. If you think you can catch it and you play CF you scream “I got it.” McOut is a moron. He can’t throw home. He can’t hit. He bunts with the pitcher hitting behind him, and he can’t call a guy off a ball. If you can’t run and say “I got it at the same time”, then my guess is we might see those two collide again. Reading those postgame quotes grinds my gears even more than the result of the game. Stop feeling sorry for yourselves. They scored 1 run against the D’Backs. Pathetic. Bobby seemed more focused on The Perfect Storm fly ball theory. Bobby, it was really more like an episode of when dumb athletes collide. Splitting with the D’Backs is embarrassing, and they still have to win one to accomplish that. The Twins and Rays are going to punish the Braves.
Sorry to be a grouch, but reading that garbage on the postgame quotes and thinking about who we’re about to play is disturbing. I get chills thinking about the way we’re pitching and hitting and the 2 lineups and pitching staffs we’re about to see. I will be thrilled if go 2-4 in those 2 series.
“They scored 1 run against the D’Backs. Pathetic.”
Only one D’back was the starting pitcher. A very good one. You could say it’s pathetic to only score one off their bullpen, but then again the D’Backs could feel pathetic for only scoring zero off the winless Kawakami in their own (hitter’s) park.
Sorry, I can’t get on the “pathetic” train right now, as much as I like to ride that sucker. The Braves have shown me nothing but hard work and tough results on this trip, on which they still stand to draw even at 4-4 with a win today. Now, if they don’t win today, my grump meter will surely jump a bit.
lol, tuned into the Mets game on gameday just in time to see Frenchy strike out on 5 pitches a mile out of the zone. He has zero pitch recognition, I swear, just guesses every time. Here’s the sequence for your nostalgia and amusement:
Slider Outside: Take
Slider Outside: Swing
Slider Outside: Swing
Slider Outside: Take
Slider Outside: Swing, strike three.
Ok Hanson, here’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna get on base a ton but we’re not gonna score any runs. Now if you wanna get a hit and pick up yourself an RBI or 2 we’ll get excited and cheer and all that. Now, go get ‘em kid!
Wow, if gameday graphic is correct, this guy is REALLY off. Missed two more calls by a long shot in this at bat. One for the Braves and one for the DBacks, but he is off. Who can pitch with this guy back there?
Last thing I heard on JJ was that he was scheduled for one more simulated game followed by two starts in the minors. So, gotta figure 20 days from whenever I heard that?? Haven’t heard anything on Diaz. Or Saito.
I sense a bad stretch coming from the Braves. Remember how awful they have been in June the past few years.
They just said KJ has scored 8 and knocked in 9 in this series. Is that even possible? Can we not pitch around him somehow? I hate that Bobby lets one guy kill them over and over. Carlos Beltran, the Astro, in the playoffs that year? He has your number. Take the bat out of his hands.
The Braves now match their biggest lead on the Phillies. Isn’t that wild, considering the scuffling on the road trip?
The Mets are catching up, though. And while we’re playing the Twins and the Phils have their hands full with Boston, the Mets have a series against the worst team in baseball. So this thing could tighten up very quickly.
Finally got around to listening to the show…been busy, y’all. Steve, looks like the Bravos will have to sweep the Twins to get to 5-2. Now wouldn’t that be fun???
Curt, I agree that the Lemmer ain’t the best but on the pre game show he is the one bright spot next to Buck and Leo. Belue sounds like a moron and Mazzone sounds like an a$$!
Great question? He thought they were screwed that year for sure but we haven’t talked about it. I’ll have to get back to you. Of course by the looks of the timepost on that last comment you won’t be up til mid afternoon anyway.
I can’t stop watching Melky high-five Joe West. Has to be in the Braves Top 25 moments in 2010. (It’s nice that I had to stop myself from saying Top 10 because there have been so many great ones in the first couple months.)
Did anyone hear why Chipper was benched? I mean, not the real reason which is he sucks but the pretend reason they are telling everybody. I love that something historical happened today and that it helped lead to a Phillies loss. We gotta watch those Mets.
I probably won’t get to watch but I like today’s lineup! I know J-Hey’s not hitting but he will and maybe even today. How, how, how can Conrad ever sit on the bench the way Chipper’s been hitting. No way we win last night with Chipper and McDizzy instead of Conrad and McMelky.
This is the first season of my life since I was 14 years old in the summer with neither a job nor classes to attend. My sleep is drifting. I get lots of sleep, but sometimes it’s from 7am until 2pm, or even weirder times than that. I don’t recommend it.
Curt, it’s tied for sweeping the Phillies at home for me. 20 days without rest, dinged up, on the road, 1st place AL team, losing the first game and winning the last two, offensive beat down in the rubber game… awesome.
NL East 5-0 versus the AL today.
NL Central 0-4 versus AL today, with the Cubs/Whitesox still to go.
Happy. I was sweating it when we lost the first game in MN, but taking the last two has really feel great about this team. And the Phils are now 3 back. Jason Stark thinks the Braves are going to run away with the division. Not sure about that, but I still don’t buy the Mets and if we can get some distance from the Phils, who nows.