Watching this game on mlb. What is going on with Chipper? Bad Mofoker. Welcome back from vacation. If he keeps this up, could get scary. The boy is on fire. 2 doubles, 3 rbi, steals frikking third? Can he pull a Glaus on us? as in we all though Glaus was dog doo doo and now we love him.
Voted for Jay Hay online for the All Star team. God I am pathetic.
Oh Will. If J-Hey gets hurt um flying to Japan and kicking you in the shin. Chipper’s Dad has been helping him with his swing. So it gos. Not sure when I’ll have time to listen to the show. In the words if a very wise man short on adjectives, “stupid family”.
G Braves win 7-2. Freddie Freeman 2/4 with 2 rbi. What will the Braves do with Glaus at the end of the season? Is he having too great a year for the Braves to be able to resign him? Will Freeman really be ready if they don’t?
The Glaus question is an interesting one. He’ll likely have been an All Star, Comeback Player of the Year and have hit 30/100. He’ll get a bunch of money next year. Some of it may depend on how Freeman goes the rest of the year, if the Braves get an OF bat at the deadline, what the market is for him at the start of free agency, etc. etc.
I’ve often wondered if it was better for ABT to download from iTunes than to just listen from the website. In other news,I’ve spent way too much time tonight explaining to the Rev’s bro in law why Martin Prado Is a better ball player than Manny Ramirez. He claims to be a Braves fan but he NEVER believes they can succeed. Pisses me off.
Curious about that play. I haven’t had a chance to really watch it but if the ball is caught in the uni is the play dead? Are we worried about Hanson? Did he just have an off night? No more red bull allowed to any Braves player.
I lived in Columbus for 4 of my teen years. I hope it’s less funky where you go than all of the Columbus I knew. Ick.
Speaking of which, could Leo Mazzone be more sleazy and awkward on the radio? His way of saying the Phillies will be in contention all season: “The Phillies are gonna crawl up Atlanta’s butt and stay there all year.” Followed by cackling into the mic.
Not to be Negative Ned after just two losses, but why are we swining out of the zone twice as often this series? I know the Braves had to be more aggressive against the Twins, but did somebody leave the switch in that position permanently?
That ChiSox series was like a backwards time machine. Game 1 = June, Game 2 = May, Game 3 = April. Let’s freaking win Friday and get that awful taste out of our mouths. My son and I will be there to cheer on the boys.
My kids saw it with their Gramps. Surprisingly they failed to notice the Edwardsian imagery. We will probably make them go again next week so we can see it or I might just go by myself so I can unashamedly cry like a baby.
Cheaper too. Thanks for the tip. If they don’t win tonight with all the hooplah it will be very disturbing and sad. Plus Steve’s going to be there with his kid and oh the language that can come outta that mouth.
It’s okay, Miss Mara. Ready for school to start back. I went to campus to take care of Financial Aid and couldn’t believe how much nostalgia I have for those big ol’ buildings after only two terms there (started in Junior College, only been at JSU a year).
I can tell already I’m going to stay for a masters. With any luck I’ll get a job at a university after I graduate and basically be surrounded by that atmosphere the rest of my life.
Had a little adventure out West. I’m fine with 2 and looks really bad. I will be speechless and completely stunned if Meds is taken out of the rotation. The team is better with him in the rotation rather than the bullpen, which I’m sure is stating the obvious.
Hey, you guys get to do another show with the Braves being in first. Good game. Made up for the depressing soccer game earlier. Could of done without all the excitement from the bullpen, but a win is a win. Go Braves.
“Wagner’s pitched with a sore ankle for about 10 days, and today it was too sore for him to pitch without changing delivery. He tried to warm up in bottom of 8th after taping it more than usual, but it was too sore.
He got cortisone shot after game, said he could be ready to go by Sunday depending on how it feels when he gets here.”
I listened to the game on radio, but I just saw the Moylan strikeout on BBT. If I were a Tigers fan I would be a little bit upset on that one. It’s about time we get a gift call like that, though. It almost makes up for one of the Bill Hahn atrocities from last year. Mara, I’m a little worried about Saito. I hope it’s just a case of him needing more innings to get back to where he was before he got hurt.
Question: If you Really want hash browns for breakfast tomorrow, would you get up in the am and go to the store for some spuds or just stay home and make grits, if that was easier? Decisions, decisions!
I just ate grits for lunch. Mmmm. Am I right that Saito was robbed of a clear called third strike during one of his walks…right down the middle. So the baseball gods giveth and taketh. We got to take a little bit this time. Some tool on MLB blog said its to further punish Detroit for taking bailout money.
Will, I wanted to like it. But for Chip, of all people, to call a no-doubter as “this one may have a chance” that late into the ball’s flight – I dunno, it sounded like he’s been told to stop making everything sound like a homer too soon and now he’s awkward.
your right….I liked “Wallopped”.. and then he hesitated…then it was for sure..it was indecisive so it added a bit of drama… in general he seems to be walking on eggshells…but compared to earlier now hes trying to settle down. relative to earlier do you think hes improving?
I’m disappointed TS3 is so low since I’m soooo excited to see it. Incredibles is right on at #1 but I would put Up and Finding Nemo higher. Ratatouille is beautiful but the rats in the kitchen scenes looked so real I needed therapy afterwards.
Mara, TS3 is excellent. I almost rated it ahead of Toy Story, but that seemed wrong. Keep in mind that I regard everything from Nemo upward as a masterpiece. I’m a complete Pixar fanboy. It’s really splitting hairs. Even Cars, which I think a little less of, is all over my house (I never grew up, but you knew this) … lamps, toy cars, etc.
Curt, agreed on Bird’s Iron Giant. It may be his name on the Rat flick that bumps it so high. No, no, I just love it. The colors in that one. And the french music. That scene in the fog when he’s supposed to kill the rat is the best looking Pixar scene in the canon to me.
Will, the Rockmire clip cracks me up every time. Kind of bad that I think of his version of “take me out…” most times I hear the song now.
Rough day at the ballyard. I’m not worried about Tommy, though. He was finding his rhythm again when the bloops and bad calls blew him up. He’s going to be fine. I hate that we’re up against it tomorrow in the standings with Strasburg, but losing first place and then regaining it again will put the Braves in a better place psychologically.
I know some of you are looking for a new pair of pants because you didn’t listen to me… Others KNOW what those numbers mean… Strikeouts are up, walks are down, HR difference is COMPLETELY NEGLIGIBLE, as with HR per FB…
The REAL difference in Hanson this year from last year is his BABIP (which people love to quote)… Last year his BABIP was .280, which is just a little below the league average… This year, it’s .334… BUT, do you know what his EXCPECTED BABIP is based on FB%, GB%, and LD%??? His expected BABIP is .226, but what he’s got through before today’s start was a .334… Some of you know that means he’s been ABSURDLY unlucky… To a ridiculous degree… Here’s how you would calculate what his expected BABIP would be:
His FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) and his expected BABIP show that Tommy is just getting some rough breaks right now… His numbers suggest that he could be in for a good 2nd half (regression to the mean), because the numbers, the important ones (please not that there is no W-L record up there) show that his numbers are EXACTLY the same as last year, and in most cases a little bit better…
Compare Hanson’s FIP to some other pitchers this year and see for yourself:
Tommy Hanson 3.48 / Adam Wainwright 3.15 / Felix Hernandez 3.38 / Matt Cain 3.65 / Justin Verlander 3.40
Calm down bridge jumpers… Hanson will be fine, which is more than I can say for some of the bipolars here
Here’s another you left off: 4.50 ERA. The guy gave up like 14 runs in 7 innings this week man. Maybe that’s the reason for the latest tweet on the ABT page and me asking what has happened to Tommy Hanson. I like Hanson a lot. He’s like 23 or 24 with loads of talent, but he’s been really inconsistent this year. He’ll have a start like he did against TB and a few others where he’s dominant, but he’s also had a few like today, the White Sox game, and the Reds game. You can stat boy it up to make him look great all you want, but that only makes me think that maybe your the one who needs to calm down. 7-5, 4.50 ERA. Decent numbers. Not yet an ace.
Sorry, I misread, I guess “howie 1987″ went stat crazy. I might feel bad if I knew what half of those meant. I typically look at win-loss, ERA, and WHIP. I’m sure Tommy will be fine, but this week has been very forgettable for him.
For the record, I’m pretty sure I’ve never said Tommy Hanson has arrived at Acedom. When Steve(?) chose him over Heyward to build a club around, I mentioned that Tommy’s still good for some rough outings, and perhaps his pitches are being tipped. Even if you subtract his three terrible outings, he doesn’t get deep enough in the game to be called an Ace by me.
But howie’s post is a decent argument for his bad luck and probably recovery to his not-Acelike-but-very-good form.
Far enough, I think you’re on to something with him tipping his pitches. He becomes very predictable late in the count. I think Hanson’s age and inexperience are the biggest factors in his struggles. He had a great 3rd inning when he was aggressive with his fastball and used that good slider as a strikeout pitch. I don’t know what was going on after that. Either they picked up on something or he was missing his spots. It’s not like he got crushed in the terrible outings today and against the Reds. He gave up too many walks and like 8 or 9 singles. When guys are getting singles in a lot of 2 strike counts, it makes me think they’re sitting on a pitch that they know he’s going to throw in that situation. All of those teams that have hit him this year have very good coaches who really understand hitting and the way a pitcher is going to work.
I’m feeling very optimistic about the next 12 games. It will be a great opportunity to get back to fixing the record against the NL East. We get the Nats and Fish at home before the Phils and Mets on the road. I’m thinking we’re gonna have a good week and pick up some momentum with JJ coming back before we go to Philly and NY. Great time to gain some games on the other teams before the break. Go Braves.