June 27, 2010

Show #113: Braves’ First Losing Week Since Early May

ChiSox and Tigers.  Phillies “home” games.  An OF bat.  And the injury bug.



344 Responses to “Show #113: Braves’ First Losing Week Since Early May”

  1. 1
    Steve Says:

    Teixeira’s long hair in the back really, really annoys me. I don’t have a good explanation for why.

  2. 2
    Nate Says:

    Steve, is it a mullet? I haven’t seen it, but that’s what it sounds like you’re describing. Good show. I am excited about the next stretch of games because a lot of the “ifs” hanging around this team will finally be answered, and we’ll know how well the team really stacks up against the Phils and Mets. We’ll know if Diaz and JJ are both doomed for a bad year, we’ll know what the deal with The Thumb is, and we’ll know if McOut’s concussion somehow helped him figure out how to hit again, to throw home, to call for a ball, and to maybe not bunt with RISP with the pitcher hitting behind him. I’m almost certain Meds is going back to the pen. No use getting fussy about it. Remember who calls the shots for this team. Diaz and McOut are both going to see the field more than they should, and KK will keep on startin’. If the next couple of weeks go bad for Diaz and McOut, then I bet Wren picks up an outfield bat. I don’t think it will be anyone that requires a lot of premier prospects to be given up. I expect that it would be another Hinske type player that can play both corners and maybe some first. Another reliever couldn’t hurt either. You can’t go into the postseason with a bunch of guys with control issues. The Vulture, Meds, and Wags have been consistently good, other than that….

    P.S. Props on the US soccer team mention. It was a great run. It’s amazing that we made the final 16 with the likes of Germany, Argentina, the Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, and Portugal, all of which have so many more talented players than the US team. The soccer Yanks gave it their all, and won their group, which hasn’t happened since like 1930.

  3. 3
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Late. Night. Post! I’m never up late and the time stamp will make it look even more impressive! Maybe I’ll get to listen to the show tomorrow…I’m a busy gal and in high demand.

  4. 4
    Steve Says:

    Clarification on if the Braves have announced anything about KK/Medlen. From DOB a few minutes ago: Jurrjens is scheduled to start Wednesday. Beyond that, Cox absolutely refuses to even discuss which way he/they are leaning regarding Kawakami and Medlen and who’ll get bumped. Sorry, but that’s all. Again yesterday, he cut off questions about that subject, said, “Let us decide. We’ll let you know when we have an announcement.”

  5. 5
    Curt Says:

    Because he knows he will get killed if he declares Medlen is headed to the pen and wants to stave off the howls until the last minute. Given your numbers last night, and the fact that KK was awful coming out of the pen, i think we grin and bear it. The way Hanson has pitched, we are going to need a good long reliever.

  6. 6
    Nate Says:

    Yeah, the one good thing about having Meds in he pen is that when a starter “lays an egg” , then Meds can come in and hold the other team so the offense can get us back in the game. He can also hold a team when Hanson or Lowe have to leave after 6 or less due to a high pitch count. On the other hand, I just think the team can’t win with KK out there, which is what I think Curt mentioned on the show. It’s ridiculous, but it’s the truth.

    Crazy thought of the day: I wonder if KK wouldn’t have any trade value given the numbers Steve gave last night night. I mean, Greinke has a terrible record, but I’m sure many teams would look at him as an excellent trade piece. I’m not saying KK is Greinke, but his numbers aren’t awful (other than W-L), and a lot of teams are going to be looking for another starter at the deadline…

  7. 7
    Anne Says:

    I’ll be at the Strasburg game tonight. Allll by my sellllllllffffffffffffffff (don’t wanna be…) Who’s jealous??

  8. 8
    Mara Wanna Says:


  9. 9
    Nate Says:

    Me too. Headin’ home to Tennessee for the 4th and My mom’s B-day this weekend. I’m going to try to make it down to ATL for a game against the Fish. That’s awesome that you’ll be there tonight, Anne. I’ll look for you on ESPN 2.

  10. 10
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Do you guys think maybe BC will put Meds in the pen due to a lack of confidence in JJ? Somebody mentioned KK’s long relief work last year and how bad it was. Maybe Bobby anticipates really needing a strong reliever. Just a thought.
    Didn’t Terry say many times how badly Heward was hurting but we’d never hear it from him? Isn’t it maybe the hitting coaches job to go to bat for the players. It’s easy to throw Terry under the bus. I kinda like Heyward wanting to play through the pain and not want to bow out. I don’t think we can ever expect him to say he’s too hurt to play. Speaking of hurt…I jammed my thumb during wiffle ball last week and typing on my iPhone kills.

  11. 11
    Steve Says:

    Mara – they’ve got to be weighing that kind of stuff (are we better off with a middling starter -KK-, plus a good long reliever -Meds-, vs. a better starter but a worse long man). To Nate’s point, with Hanson and his short starts of late, plus who knows what we get out of JJ for the first few starts, the long man in the pen may get a lot of work in the coming weeks.

  12. 12
    Bub Selig Says:

    Well, I’ll go on the record as the (one of the) last hold-out. I don’t believe KK belongs in the starting rotation, and I regard his first win as the most unfortunate fluke to hit the club since Jo Jo Reyes’s first decent performances.

    KK has looked completely hittable to me since he got here. Sometimes he faces a team for the first time and has some success, but stats show the more a team sees him, the more they crush him (generally). How do we suppose that’s going to work out against NL East opponents as we start to play them more and more often? KK is going to get KILLED. It’s going to get very, very ugly.

    Meanwhile, Kris is finally stretched out. The sensible solution would be to use Kris as a starter, skip his starts when off days allowed, and further control his innings with a Mike Minor call up at the end of the season if progress allowed, or in the worst case stretch KK out again and bring him back then. That would be one less round of seeing him for the NL East foes.

    I agree having Meds for long relief is very handy, and I’ll grin and bear it like the rest, but I expect KK to really, really struggle as a starter in the second half. It’s so important to be confident in “the next day’s starting pitching.” That suff stops bad streaks and keeps good ones going.

    Kris Medlen starting for this team creates wins. KK starting creates losses. I agree Bobby is going to go with KK and I think it’s going to hurt us. Hopefully Meds as a reliever goes some distance in relieving that hurt.

    And there’s always the chance I’m just dead wrong and KK will indeed be “middling.” Middling I can accept. Maybe he’ll come out strong with new confidence.

    Great show, as per usual.

  13. 13
    Bub Selig Says:

    p.s. A long man can only do so much. It’s not inconceivable that we would need a long reliever for Hanson, JJ, and KK all in the same week. I’d rather have one more good starter.

  14. 14
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Bub, I hope you’re wrong. What about the theory that Hanson’s doing something to tip his pitches? That could make the next couple of weeks very sad. Good news on Heyward.

  15. 15
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Sitting in the theatre waiting for the picture show.

  16. 16
    Bub Selig Says:

    You at Toy Story 3, Mara?

  17. 17
    Bub Selig Says:

    I expect Strasburg will carve us up pretty nicely. Am I the only one?

  18. 18
    Anne Says:

    I’m with you, Bub. Not going to be pretty, score-wise, but will be beautiful to watch, baseball-wise. AND I’ve discovered – thanks to my friend Sarah – there exists @ Turner Field this glorious thing called the Season Ticketholder Clubhouse. This lovely air-conditioned room where I can go when it’s hot or rain-delay or just because. They have comfy couches and big-screen TVs AND because they’re on whatever channel broadcasts whatever game, the TVs are on time delay. So, the crowd goes wild, and about 8 seconds later you find out why. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  19. 19
    Anne Says:

    Theory: Escobar WANTS to be traded.

  20. 20
    Nate Says:

    Over/Under: 2 pitches for Morgan to steal 2nd.

  21. 21
    Nate Says:

    Escobar should be glad KK and McOut are on this team.

  22. 22
    Anne Says:

    I can’t remember, or I never knew: why do they call Ivan Rodriguez “Pudge” ?? Oh, and there went Morgan. Waaaaaah…back to first!

  23. 23
    Nate Says:

    I don’t know, Anne. Bub probably does.

  24. 24
    Nate Says:

    Hell yeah.

  25. 25
    Anne Says:

    I’d like to see two games in a row where a manager gets tossed…and it’s NOT Bobby!!

  26. 26
    Bub Selig Says:

    Ah, sh*t. That hurt. Oh, man, that really, really freaking hurt. Dammit.

  27. 27
    Nate Says:

    Melky is so sllllllllooooooooooowwwwwwwwww.

  28. 28
    Nate Says:

    Sid Bream cuts the bag at 3rd faster than Melky.

  29. 29
    Bub Selig Says:

    Love me some Timothy, son of Hud.

  30. 30
    Mara Wanna Says:

    What happened? What’d Melky do?? TS3 is a winner. I love Woody using the toilet paper square so he didn’t have to touch the toilet seat. The tortilla was hilarious! Great movie. And yes…I cried. Ok…twice.

  31. 31
    Nate Says:

    Got thrown out at home, Mara. He might be the slowest on the team.

  32. 32
    Anne Says:

    You guys missed it – Melky and Chino Cadahia had a footrace before the game. Chino was like a Hammer to Melky’s Drill. Thank you, Home Depot Tool Race reference…

  33. 33
    Anne Says:

    Florida currently up 5-1 over the stinkin’ Mets. Yessssssss.

  34. 34
    Nate Says:

    Escobar is garbage tonight.

  35. 35
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Gotta get in that bullpen.

  36. 36
    Curt Says:

    Reds 4 – Phils 0

  37. 37
    Nate Says:

    Niiiiiiiiiiiice. Somebody’s throwin’ in their pen, Anne. I hope they go to the pen…

  38. 38
    Anne Says:

    I can’t see who it is from here!! …but ANYONE isn’t as good as Strasburg. (kinda like Nobody Doesn’t Like Sara Lee)

  39. 39
    Bubdylan Says:

    Phils pick up a run. Going to the Reds half of the 7th, 4-1.

    Florida scores again. 6-1.

    And this game is playing right into our hands. Bullpen vs. Bullpen.

  40. 40
    Bubdylan Says:

    Err… not sure about bullpen versus bullpen. Didn’t notice Strasb.’s pitch count is so low.

  41. 41
    Curt Says:

    Strasburg has thrown 40 fewer pitches than Hudson. A little surprised Bobby left him in.

  42. 42
    Bubdylan Says:

    Bobby needs to pull Strasburg NOW.

    He can do that, right? It’s our field.

  43. 43
    Nate Says:

    All I’m hoping for is Saito not facing the middle of the Natinals order.

  44. 44
    Anne Says:

    Don’t count Huddy out YET.

  45. 45
    Bubdylan Says:


    Now, get this rookie and let’s get us some runzzzzz.

  46. 46
    Nate Says:

    I wish Hudson had Strasburg’s strike zone.

  47. 47
    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, settle down, Huddy. It was outside.

    Good job, Bravos! Now let’s slap this kid back to Cali!

  48. 48
    Nate Says:

    I’m wondering if the Fish’s 4 run lead is enough for their bullpen…

  49. 49
    Bubdylan Says:

    Here we go, ladies and gents.

  50. 50
    Curt Says:

    Poopie. Take the gift

  51. 51
    Bubdylan Says:

    Error Error bo berror

    banana fanna fo ferror

    fe fi mo merror

    … ERRRRRROR!!!

  52. 52
    Nate Says:

    welcome to the Natinals kid.

  53. 53
    Bubdylan Says:

    Ball 3 baby! Come onnnn, Hinske!!!!

  54. 54
    Nate Says:


  55. 55
    Bubdylan Says:

    Yeah!! A fe fi mofreaking RUNNNN!!!

  56. 56
    Curt Says:

    Get the GIDP and they are out of it right there. Thank you E-6

  57. 57
    Nate Says:

    Give me some insurance, some Vulture, some Wags, and some Jack Daniel’s.

  58. 58
    Anne Says:

    Oh happy day.

  59. 59
    Bub Selig Says:


  60. 60
    Nate Says:

    See ya’ later Strasburd. I love it. The kid leaving to the chop.

  61. 61
    Bub Selig Says:

    Oh, happy day, indeed! Is this Christmas??

  62. 62
    Nate Says:

    Greg White! Yes sir.

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    Bub Selig Says:


  64. 64
    Anne Says:

    Suddenly we’re playing The Cubs at their finest. Tee hee.

  65. 65
    Bub Selig Says:



  66. 66
    Nate Says:

    This is why they got swept by the Orioles.

  67. 67
    Bub Selig Says:


  68. 68
    Nate Says:

    Anne, I am even more jealous of you now.

  69. 69
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I love this game.

  70. 70
    Curt Says:

    42k+ at the game tonight. They sold more than 9,000 tickets today.

  71. 71
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Oh Prado, time to get that hit. Come on baby!

  72. 72
    Bub Selig Says:

    We just sent Strasburg’s ERA above 2, finally!

  73. 73
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Ok…I guess I’ll take a sac fly but I really wanted a homer.

  74. 74
    Bub Selig Says:


    Number five is alive!

  75. 75
    Bub Selig Says:

    Mets getting killed now. 10 to 3. Phils spanked 7 to 1.

    And us? Well, you know us!

  76. 76
    Bub Selig Says:

    Mara… the crap’s wrong with you???? :) It’s five to zip! Get happy!

  77. 77
    Anne Says:

    Bub – I’ve never been so happy to have been wrong. How ’bout you??

  78. 78
    Bub Selig Says:

    Hon, I’d change my name to McWrong for this.

  79. 79
    Steve Says:

    This is exactly how the superior team should have handled this game. I am very, very proud of the team tonight.

  80. 80
    Bub Selig Says:

    That’s okay, Chipper. Good at bat.


  81. 81
    Bub Selig Says:

    Well said, Stevie. It’s like they drew it up. Keep it under control. Get ‘em late.

  82. 82
    Bub Selig Says:

    Philly game final. 7 – 3.

    Go Marlins!
    Go Bravos!

  83. 83
    Bub Selig Says:

    Yeah baby! K! 5 outs to vvvvvvvictoryyyyyyyy.

  84. 84
    Bub Selig Says:

    Jonny’s the man!

    Mets game final as well. 3 outs to some breathing room.

  85. 85
    Nate Says:

    And the Vulture feeds on the carcass of the Natinals.

  86. 86
    Curt Says:

    In Strasburg’s last three starts the Nats have scored 1 run

  87. 87
    Nate Says:

    So, do you think this ends the Strasburg All-Star talk?

  88. 88
    Bub Selig Says:

    Uh, Venters’ troublesome outings have been when Bobby makes him go two. Here’s hoping.

  89. 89
    Nate Says:

    I see what you were sayin’, Bub.

  90. 90
    Bub Selig Says:

    Dammit. Stop using him two innings. Is this complicated? He does great in the first one, and then fades.

  91. 91
    Nate Says:

    He looks tired.

  92. 92
    Bub Selig Says:

    Whew. Natty swung at ball 3.

  93. 93
    Nate Says:

    Yes sir. Big Win.

  94. 94
    Anne Says:


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    Bub Selig Says:



  96. 96
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Wahooooooooo!!!!!!!! I’m happy Bub! Just kidding about the homer…sort of. I’m at my mom’s in the backwoods of the countriest of countriness so I get crappy reception. I was fist pumping and bouncing in my seat as I listened to the game and snapped peas. Great win. Really great. Let me know what kind of shout outs we get on Baseball Tonight. Did I mention no TV? We do have running water just in case you were wondering.

  97. 97
    Nate Says:

    Mara, a little. They mostly talked about Strasburg, though. I think I’ve hear his name 5 million times today. It’s like when one of Favre’s teams is on MNF and all they talk about is him. ESPN gets really tiresome with their love fests.

  98. 98
    Steve Says:

    Just got the following Press Release: ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves announced after tonight’s game that rookie outfielder Jason Heyward will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 27, with a deep bone bruise in his left thumb. Heyward had an MRI on his left thumb this morning and met with Dr. Gary Lourie prior to this evening’s game.

    The thumb will be placed in a cast tomorrow (Tuesday, June 29) and will remain in a cast for one week. Heyward will be eligible to come off the disabled list during the All-Star break (July 12-14), and is expected to be back in uniform when the Braves open the second half of the season at home against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, July 15.

  99. 99
    Steve Says:

    For the record, I’m glad about this (given the situation). Let’s get the kid healed up so the he can go back to tearing it up. On the other hand …. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  100. 100
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hmmmm…so does that mean he’s not eligable to play in the All-star game? Cause that’s…ya know…sad and stuff. Honestly, I’m glad they’re giving him time to heal since it’s not like he was helping with his steller offense.

  101. 101
    Nate Says:

    BBT just mentioned Heyward to DL rumor…

  102. 102
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Kawakami will move to the bullpen to open spot for Jurrjens.

    Per DOB. Talk amongst yourselves.

  103. 103
    Nate Says:

    I guess it’s not a rumor. Thanks for that insider info, Steve. I was thinking the same thing. I think it’s better to shut him down for a while so he can maybe come back in MANBEAST form for the second half. I’d like to see Omar get some more starts in the outfield. Diaz has been doing well at Gwinett, too, so maybe there’s hope for him. I hope McLouth retires.

  104. 104
    Steve Says:

    DOB just reported KK to the bullpen. And Diaz to be activated tomorrow. Wow.

  105. 105
    Nate Says:

    Mara, where did you see that? Is it on the blog. I am crazy excited about Meds staying in the rotation. I wish KK would retire with McLouth.

  106. 106
    Nate Says:

    Wow indeed Steve. We all got what we hoped for, but I don’t think any of us expected it.

  107. 107
    Nate Says:

    I do understand the argument for Strasburg going to the All-Star game, and I agree that he is one of the best 12 pitchers in the league. I just hope he doesn’t get Huddy’s spot, which he shouldn’t.

  108. 108
    Nate Says:

    Per BBT, there’s a rift between Torre and Dodgers on contract talks. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a Braves uniform at the helm. Especially if he could bring Mattingly with him. Probably a long shot, though, particularly with Fredi being available.

  109. 109
    Cledus Says:

    Nate, careful what you wish for..I think KK suffers a bit from Steve Avery Syndrome AKA No run support! Sorry not to share the joy tonight but I was giving a banjo lesson (yes, I said Banjo) so stop your snickering out there! My student is gracious enough to practice her exercises while I have the tv on with sound turned down…heh heh heh! I explained to her the significance of S’Berg pitching and we took a short break in the home half of the 7th. Glorious stuff…errors and all!

    I look forward to Diaz coming back. Heyward can use some time off as Chipper and McCann heat up.

    I just scanned through the comments and haven’t had time to listen to the show. Go Braves!

  110. 110
    Bub Selig Says:

    Heyward to the DL according to some posters on the dark side. Haven’t seen it myself. I kind of hope so. Needs to heal.

  111. 111
    Mara Wanna Says:

    No snickering Cledus…banjo is freaking awesome and so is your student! How fun that you got to stop your lesson to watch baseball!

  112. 112
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Welcome to comments 100-111 Bubdylan. :) We know what’s on the downlow on this website…thanks to Twitter (to answer Nate’s question).

  113. 113
    Bub Selig Says:

    lol, DOH!

    This just in. We beat Strasburg!

  114. 114
    Nate Says:

    Cledus, as a Tennessee man, I have mucho respecto for banjo players. The dexterity required to play that instrument is very hard to develop, and I love the sound.

  115. 115
    Bub Selig Says:


    Just look at it. In all its glory. Might be bumpy for a couple weeks, but this will even out into a rockin’ rotation in the second half.

    And with Minor’s promotion today – oh my goodness, I just realized: they’re doing exaclty what I said! They’re planning to keep Meds in the rotation until the # of innings gets dangerous, and then promote Minor!! I’m a genius!!!

  116. 116
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I don’t understand. What do you mean “They’re planning to keep Meds in the rotation until the # of innings gets dangerous, and then promote Minor!”

  117. 117
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m watching the bottom of the seventh. Nats look just silly.

  118. 118
    Bub Selig Says:

    Mara, Medlen only pitched (small # I can’t remember) innings last season. It’s dangerous to arm health of young pitchers to increase the load too much from one year to the next. If he pitched the typical # of innings for the rest of his starts this year, the increase could get close to 80 innings, I think. Way too much.

    One way to combat that is to skip him when there’s an offday. But another perfectly good way is to get close to the desired number – but not too close, cuz you’ll still want him available for relief – and then replace him.

    Voila. Mike Minor.

  119. 119
    Bubdylan Says:

    Heady Times, as Stevie says. In one day:

    1. Braves beat Strasburg
    2. Philles get hammered.
    3. Mets get hammered.
    4. Medlen in!
    5. Kawakami out!
    6. J-Hey to the DL
    7. Diaz returns.
    8. Minor promoted to AAA

    Wow! I’m going to be up all night.

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    Bubdylan Says:


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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Super Dee-duper baseball night fo’ shizzle. So were you terribly funny in your darkside comments? If so, I will have to go searching for the hilarious Bubdylan posts.

    TS3 rocks.

  122. 122
    Bubdylan Says:

    Meh. Not really. Not in an especially funny mood. But especially HAP HAP HAPPY!!!

    High on some severe Braves love. What a year, and it’s not half over. Can you list the great games? This one was right up there. Steve said it right, we had a gameplan versus this kid, and it worked. Just awesome, awesome stuff.

  123. 123
    Steve Says:

    Bub – Love you r#119. Can you guys remember a more eventful day? And a Monday no less. I absolutely have an extra hop in my step this morning.

  124. 124
    Nate Says:

    Steve, no I can’t. Bub, for me, that game is number 2 behind the Brooks Conrad walk-off grand slam.

  125. 125
    Steve Says:

    And how about Opening Day? Or the Phillies game with the Heward/Glaus/McLouth homers? Or the Brooks squeeze against the Twins? The Glaus bottom of the ninth homer against KC? So many memorable games already this year.

  126. 126
    Anne Says:

    Steve – you and the wifey will be thrilled to know that Hot Tub Time Machine releases to DVD on July 27th.

  127. 127
    Nate Says:

    The Memorial Day thrashing of the Sillies was pretty good ,too. I think we took first place with that game (not positive, though). Opening Day was phenomenal. Steve, I completely forgot about the triple homer comeback. What about Heyward’s walk-off hits against the Reds and Rockies? There’s just been too many to remember them all. Last night was so huge because it gives us so much momentum coming off a tough week. The team has to be really feeling good about themselves. I am so proud. Go Braves.

  128. 128
    Mara Wanna Says:

    AND…the Phillies game where Glaus hit a three run homer in the first.

  129. 129
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Mom’s threatening to where her Yankees hat. That woman loves to get under my skin.

  130. 130
    Bub Selig Says:

    Steve, love you, too. I haven’t gone by “r#119″ in years.

    Still high on Bravos this morning. C’mon, Lowe, keep it going.

  131. 131
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hah!!! That made me laugh way out loud, when I read Steve’s misprint and when I read Bub’s response.

  132. 132
    Anne Says:

    I’ve downloaded Lowe’s At-Bat song to my iTunes to prep for this evening. Go Braves!!

  133. 133
    Bubdylan Says:

    I think we are all hesitant to think how much this team is about to rock because Hanson and Jurrjens are up in the air. But in the second half, oh man, I see some tiny little numbers in the Runs Allowed column for this team.

    Oh, it’s going to be good. So good. We’ve forgotten that we assembled a team based on run prevention because the offense surprised us and the pitching hasn’t quite put it all together. But look out for this rotation in August. There shall be streaks. Nice, long streaks.

  134. 134
    Bubdylan Says:

    Keith Law has moved Teheran and Vizcaino into his TOP 25. Wow. I mean, we JUST graduated Hanson and Heyward, lost a whole farm’s worth in the Tex trade, and here we are.

    11. Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta. A big fastball, a plus change and an improved breaking ball have helped him dominate at two levels this year — and it’s not just being in pitcher-friendly Myrtle Beach. Six of the nine Colombians to reach the big leagues came from Cartagena — as does Teheran. I’m still waiting for our first prospect from Macondo. Previous ranking: No. 63

    19. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP, Atlanta. He’s producing outstanding numbers so far with a plus fastball/above-average curve and a very low-effort delivery. Previous ranking: No. 43

  135. 135
    Kate Says:

    Phils place Utley and Polanco on DL.


  136. 136
    TJ Says:

    Nice call on Medlen to the pen.

  137. 137
    Bub Selig Says:

    If in the spring, I’d said:

    Jurrjens will post a six plus ERA and go to the DL
    Hanson will post a 4.50
    Kawakami will post a 4.50 with one win
    Lowe another 4+ ERA
    Escobar, McCann, and Chipper under .265 Batting averages
    Heyward .250 and to the DL
    McLouth .167 and to the DL
    Diaz .178 and to the DL

    Where would you suggest we would be in the standings?

  138. 138
    Anne Says:

    Kate, karma might come back to me, but I’m giddy over Post #135.

  139. 139
    Bub Selig Says:

    Please, no bad DL Karma. Heyward’s injury is identical to Utley’s. They even got it the same way and had identical MRI reports.

  140. 140
    Anne Says:

    Hello from Turner Field…play ball!!!

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    Anne Says:

    Pudge Rodriguez’s At-Bat song (I now know why the “Pudge”): Fat Bottom Girls. Awesome, organ-dude!

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    Nate Says:


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    Nate Says:

    The post-April Braves need to show up for the second half of this game.

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    Anne Says:

    For the record, I did NOT applaud Lowe’s walk off the mound to the dugout.

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    Nate Says:

    This must be the Natinals version of Kyle Kendrick…

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    Anne Says:


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    Nate Says:

    Thanks Pete.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Good job Anne…don’t clap for Moylan either ok?

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    Tcc Says:

    Was that Moylen’s Mojo going over the fence with that HR?

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    Nate Says:

    I guess we used up all our luck last night. Jesse Chavez warming up. This game is over.

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    Nate Says:

    The Mets are starting to take advantage of the Marlins pen…

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    Nate Says:

    Lol, who is this kid?

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    Nate Says:

    Tankersley gets ‘em out in the top of the 7th. 6-4 Fish.

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    Nate Says:

    Spoke to soon. They were changing pitchers. I’m flipping between that game and CWS.

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    Nate Says:

    So, when Chavez comes in, do the players just accept that it’s over too?

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    Nate Says:

    6-4 Fish. Bot 7th.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hell no! They can come back. It’s the freakin Nats! Come on Bravos…I believe!

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    Curt Says:

    Dare I say that Stammen has deflowered the Braves…………..

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Wow, Votto goes yard on Lidge on the last out of the 9th to tie it at 6. Go Reds.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, good one.

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    Nate Says:

    Bay GIDP. 6-4 Fish. Bot 8.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Crap. Philly promptly gets a double and a walk. No outs. Two on. Top of the tenth.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Double crap. Phillies score. And now threatening to have a big inning.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Triple crap. Phillies score again. Eight to six, no outs, runners all over the place.

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    Bubdylan Says:


    Quadruple crap.

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    Tcc Says:

    Martinez plucks the bloom off the rose!

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    Nate Says:

    Top 9. Mets have runners on 2nd and 3rd. Nobody out. The Marlin Bullpen is garbage.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mets mounting a comeback. Two on, no out. Sigh. Frenchy up. Come on, Jeff. Do that thing you do.

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    Nate Says:

    6-5. runner on 3rd. 1 out.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mets are about to hurt us. What a yuckfest from just one night ago.

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    Nate Says:

    Tie ball game.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    And there it goes.

    Wow. What a painful evening.

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    Nate Says:

    Our 3-6 put up an 0-16.

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    Nate Says:

    Nunez settles down after blowing the save. On the bright side we get to face that bullpen this weekend.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    No pressure tomorrow, Jair. No pressure. :)

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    Curt Says:

    Great help from around the league. Marlins blow a 9th inning lead, Reds score 3 to tie it and then GIVE UP 3 in the 10th. What the hell?Q!Q?Q?Q?QQ?

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    Nate Says:

    There’s a lot of Mets fans at this Marlins home game in Puerto Rico. I guess the Marlins have no home fan support no matter where they play.

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    Nate Says:

    Jorge Cantu on 2nd. 2 out.

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    Nate Says:

    Uggla will now swing for the fences on every pitch.

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    Nate Says:

    Los Marlins win!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Whew. Thank you, Dan Uggla, for easing the pain.

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    Curt Says:

    Well done Fish

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Lose a KK, gain a KK.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m nervous about tomorrow night. I really hope JJ’s Ready.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mara, I highly doubt he’s ready. I look for a rusty start. 5-6 innings, 3-4 runs would be a major victory for me. I’m considering his first 3 starts extended Spring Training as long as it yields a good and healthy JJ down the stretch.

    But I’ve been so wrong lately that it’s a pleasure to type out my bad (though honest) feelings.

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    Curt Says:

    Did anyone see the KK to the pen move coming? Bobby, once again going against his own judgement for the good of everyone involved.

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    Anne Says:

    Waiting on Ballpark Frank @ Octane Coffeehouse. This is as close as he’ll get to a comment post.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Tell Ballpark Frank hi and I’ll “nevah give up”!

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    Nate Says:

    Curt, maybe he’s been following the ABT show…

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    Anne Says:

    “Mara” – we missed each other at the coffee place…maybe tomorrow I can at least take dictation for him. (…and if Ballpark’s ladyfriend reads the comments section, that was NOT an euphemism!) (though for the record, Ballpark Frank is quite the looker)

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    Curt Says:

    Anne, how dare BP Frank fade you.

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    Steve Says:

    Breaking news from the clubhouse: Yunel dyed his hair. No more frosted tips. His power numbers are now sure to follow.

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    Nate Says:

    Lol, Steve, I think he saw that Zambrano stole his style. Although Z’s are more like frosted curls.

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    Wade Says:

    Interested in everyone’s take. Article on AJC.com about various folks that the Braves could add at the trading deadline to play Centerfield. The writer was suggesting BJ Upton? Wow.

    The other thought would be including McOUT as a throw in to whatever deal we make. We can’t have one CF still on the roster while going out to get another.

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    Wade Says:

    Hard hitting journalism, Steve. Hope it leads to a few homers to get Yuni rolling before the All Star break.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Please, no B.J. Upton. One Yunel is enough.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Math for the day:

    AJC Writers minus DOB equals ZERO.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    I take it back. Upton is much, much worse than Escobar. I feel bad for comparing them.

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    Nate Says:

    Trading for BJ Upton is like trading for a brain tumor. We already have one Yunel. We don’t need another. I live in Tampa, and he is everyone’s least favorite player for a reason. I think if they were going to go after anyone, then Willingham would be the best choice. Decent power, always hits around .265, decent arm. If it requires a Minor, Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino, Dunn, or Kimbrel, then I wouldn’t do any trade.

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    Nate Says:

    Lol, Bub , I posted without reading what you wrote (didn’t refresh the page after Wade’s posts). Looks like you and I have similar thoughts on the subject of Sir BJ. And yes, he is worse than Yunel. This is Yunel’s first down year. P.S. That’s right, I keep the ABT page around all day baby! Suck it AJC!

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    Nate Says:

    I know I ask this about twice a month, but I have held off lately: Why isn’t Mike Dunn on this team? Is the answer obvious and I’m just oblivious to it?

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    Steve Says:

    Some observations from batting/fielding practice:

    – Glaus absolutely DESTROYS the ball in bp. I know it doesn’t mean anything but, they are majestic shots.
    – Prado busts his tail even taking grounders during bp.
    – Melky does not look nearly as heavy in person as he does on TV. Same goes for Mac.
    – Weird and kind of jarring to see Heyward with the cast.

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    Nate Says:

    Steve, does Melky looks as slow in person as he does on TV?

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    Steve Says:

    Nate – that was hilarious.

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    Steve Says:

    Overheard in the cafeteria: Ron Gant and Rob Dibble telling Fred Hickman about the crazy times they had in Puerto Rico playing winter ball together.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    “- Prado busts his tail even taking grounders during bp”. *rolls eyes in a dreamy sorta way*

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    Curt Says:

    Reds did their job. JJs turn.

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    Steve Says:

    Frank and Bobby just awarded Derek Lowe on the field with a crystal trophy in honor of his 150th win (the KC game on 6/18).

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    Steve Says:

    Big cheers for JJ as he’s introduced. If we get 5 innings and 3 ER from him tonight, will that be acceptable? Because that’s what’s probably on tap.

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    Nate Says:

    J.D. Martin- Another pitcher I’ve never heard of who scares me due to the Braves rate of success against such players. ex: last night.

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    Nate Says:

    Steve, I think so. I just hope he keeps us in the game, which giving up 3 to the Nats should do.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    So far so good. How’s he look Steve? Was there a collective sigh of relief?

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    Curt Says:

    Great start. He had early trouble at the beginning of the year. He looks thinner to me.

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    Curt Says:

    So we figure an OFer has to die for McCann and Glaus to both score?

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    Steve Says:

    We certainly should have gotten more that inning but, Martin’s almost up to 40 pitches already after only one inning. JJ is looking good. Throwing lots of strikes and looking effortless.

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    Nate Says:

    His fastball was not this good before he got hurt. I got me some Braves bonus coverage on ESPN down here in Florida.

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    Nate Says:

    Reyes will be out of the Mets lineup with back stiffness. Go Fish!

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Yuck. Vizcaino partially tore his ulnar col. ligament. Sent to Florida for rehab, hoping to avoid Tommy John.


    Well, there goes that trade chip, and that’s the only one I cared to lose.


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    Nate Says:

    Sounds like Arodys Vizcaino is headin’ towards Tommy John surgery. That sucks. It’s only a partial tear right now, but there is hope that it heals with scare tissue covering the tear. Tommy John is still a high possibility in the end.

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    Steve Says:

    The Vizcaino thing sucks, particularly I can’t believe it won’t end up with TJ surgery.

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    Steve Says:

    I wonder if part of Chipper’s resurgence at the plate is simply that he feels better physically. He’s flying around the infield tonight like he feels good.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    lol, happiness is named Jair.

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    Steve Says:

    How great was that? And then Prado squares up to bunt on his first pitch. The Nats are befuddled.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Bobby’s either a genius, or he just got them mixed up.

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    Steve Says:

    That line drive at JJ was very scary looking in real time. And sounded scarier.

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    Nate Says:

    Mets all over Volstad early.

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    Steve Says:

    Gang – a work thing has come up and I need to bail early. It’s been fun tonight.

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    Anne Says:

    Boooooooooo, Steve’s employer! Steve can never have nice things.

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    Nate Says:

    Here comes Moylan…

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    Nate Says:

    Good outing from JJ. He just ran out of gas.

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    Nate Says:

    Fish get 2 back. 3-2 Mets.

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    Curt Says:

    And give one back. 4-2

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    Nate Says:

    Gabby Sanchez is the slowest human I have ever seen.

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    Nate Says:

    Riggleman’s a douche.

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    Kate Says:

    Slower than Mac?

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    Tcc Says:

    Just how freakin’ big is Adam Dunn??? You see him towering over McCann at first? Jeez!!!

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    Anne Says:

    6’6″ I think, Tcc. I looked at his stats last night because his size against Glenn Hubbard is even more hilarious.

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    Nate Says:

    Thanks Nats.

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    Nate Says:

    Kate, definitely slower than Mac. It’s funny because he’s working so hard churning those legs, but he’s going sooooooooo slow. He makes Melky look like Furcal.

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    Tcc Says:

    Is some ahole blowing a vuvuzela? Taze him!!!

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    Anne Says:

    I’m amazed at the restraint of the TV announcers NOT talking about the vuvuzelas over the past few nights. This is why North Americans hate soccer. Or football…or whatever it is.

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    Nate Says:

    at some point the fish might want to start teaching plate discipline in the minors

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    Tcc Says:

    Man oh man…that was nastier than a circus peep show!

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    Nate Says:

    Tcc, well played sir. well played. big win. good stuff from jj.

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    Nate Says:

    The Puerto Rican fans are now having a contest to see who among them has the most annoying noise maker.

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    Nate Says:

    Our old friend John “Boog” Sciambi is doing the game for ESPN.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Love me some Jurrjens.
    Love me some Wags.
    Love me some Venters.
    Love me some Braves.

    GREAT WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Anne Says:

    Boog!! I miss Boog.
    Yes – great win.

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    Nate Says:

    Cantu doubles in Hanley, 4-3 Mets.

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    Nate Says:

    Uggla drives in Cantu. Tie game.

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    Nate Says:

    I like Boog too. Very restrained and intelligent.

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    Nate Says:

    Uggla rockin’ the biggest chaw since Lenny Dykstra.

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    Anne Says:

    …and his HAIR PRODUCT! Oh, I could go on for hours… No, seriously – funny AND smart is hard to beat.

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    Anne Says:

    Great news, by the way, on the Civil Rights game here in 2011 & 2012. I’ve mentioned before that I went to the first one in Memphis at the Redbirds stadium some years back. Really great, historically, and great for the local kids.

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    Nate Says:

    The man must go through more hair product than a Portuguese soccer team.

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    Tcc Says:

    I remember the first time I saw Sciambi..I thought “who the heck is this big, goofy red head with the wild hair?!?” Yes to the funny, yes to the smart, Yes to hard to beat…

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    Tcc Says:

    Good on you, Anne.

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    Bub Selig Says:


    My favorite picture of Boog.

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    Nate Says:

    Boog showin’ his former team some love on the air. Mets still up 6-4. Did the Marlins GM actually look at this bullpen before the season and say “You know, I think this is gonna work. We can contend.” In the end it probably cost Fredi a job. Now it’s 6-5. Bot 8th. Man on 2nd. 2 out.

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    Nate Says:

    And Wes Helms goes poo-poo on that scoring opportunity. Still 6-5 Mets. Marlins with 15 hits and 4 errors in this game.

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    Curt Says:

    Could have used a hit from Helms there. He always seems to kill us.

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    Nate Says:

    Curt, thought the same thing. If he were facing the Braves it would have been a 2 run double.

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    Nate Says:

    Lol, Boog sounds like he’s ready to get the hell out of Puerto Rico. I will say this, the vendor selling novelty horns must have had a very lucrative evening. I’m about to put this game on mute.

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    Nate Says:

    Fish can’t do it.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I thought they might pull it off. Good game tonight! So glad JJ looked like a stud.

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    Steve Says:

    Tcc – yes, there was definitely some goof ball with a vuvuzela last night. Sounded like he was somewhere behind home plate. Mentioning it last night felt too hackneyed, but yes – it was very annoying.

    So, I left the stadium right when JJ gave up that first single in the 6th and then turned on the radio in my car right as Moylan induced the double play. What a great game. JJ looked so much better than I expected and hoped for. I guess we have an answer about how much stock to put in to his results in AAA …

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    From Twitterville.

    Just heard that the Phillies have Dan Haren on their radar. The D-backs are out scouting Phils prospects for possible trade.

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    BluesMan Says:

    Nice win, great to see JJ back! I really hope that rumors about Haren going to Philadelphia don’t amount to anything. Those Philthies just don’t know how to give up, do they? Either way I loved watching the game yesterday, & I enjoyed this week’s show! GO BRAVES!!!

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    Curt Says:

    I want to start to hear rumors about who the Braves are looking at. Even if none of it comes to anything, I want to believe that they are out there trying to do everything they can to make this team a champion.

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    Kate Says:

    Chase Utley needs surgery


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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Oh snap.

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    Anne Says:

    “Mara” – he can neither snap…nor twiddle. Or hitch, for that matter.

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    Kate Says:

    I can be awful in the playoffs and then insult the fans, can I get a max contract from the Hawks?

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    Steve Says:

    Kate – it’s insane, isn’t it? This will hamstring the Hawks for the majority of that contract. Just awful.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Watching Minor’s AAA debut on gameday. So far, so awesome.

    7 innings pitched. 1 ER, TWO hits, NINE K’s, 3 bb’s.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Also, Freeman’s picked up a single, a double, and 2 RBI’s in 4 AB’s to raise his average to .283 and his OPS to a who-knew-it-was-this-good .825!!

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Minor’s AAA Debut: 7 and 2/3 innings. 3 hits. 1 run. 9 K’s. 3 BB’s. 1.17 ERA.


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    Curt Says:

    Joe Johnson’s contract would make him a $20 mill a year 35-year-old by the time it will be done. I was listening to Mad Dog Radio yesterday and the Knicks fans were calling in beside themselves over the thought of him playing for their team. And the Hawks fans were calling into 790 today killing the possibility of the move. Haven’t we seen the best of what he has to offer? We are never getting out of the 2nd round. Here’s hoping for a sign and trade.

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    Curt Says:

    And by beside themselves I mean they hated it.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Mets and Phillies lose.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    They lost withing 3 minutes of each other. To… Pittsburgh with Hamels facing an 11+ ERA pitcher?? And to the Naaaats, with Santana on the mound. Johan’s gonna be grumpy.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Nobody’s excited about Minor’s very first game at AAA going so well?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Sorry Bub…I’m distracted by a mean, blood drawing game of speed scrabble. I’m very excited about MM. It’s hard for me to keep up with the goings on in the Big leagues much less the minors. I’m ashamed to say I never really paid much attention at all until this year in fact.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Well, Minor’s our big draft pick from last year that most (including me) hated. It was Atlanta’s first chance to draft high in a long time, and instead of picking a guy with a super-high potential, we picked a guy who would be ready sooner, but wouldn’t project to be more than a #4 or #5 starter. Also the pick was criticized because it cost less money.

    A Vanderbilt star, Minor’s fastball rested around 88 or 89 MPH and he relied on crafty pitching and command. Not really a stud or anything. Not many strikeouts.

    But this year his fastball speed jumped up to 92-95 and he’s been blowing guys away, striking out hitters at a very high rate. He’s worked through the system very quickly, landing today at the highest level short of Atlanta (Sorry if this is talking down to you, I’m sure you know some of this), and he knocked it out of the park in his first start. Well, reverse that, since he’s a pitcher.

    He’s looking very ready very soon (assuming he pitches like this in AAA regularly, which might not happen of course). Probably projecting to be Medlen-or-better ready for Atlanta by the start of next year. Or if you believe my crackpot theory, this year, to replace Medlen at the very end before his innings total gets too high.

    And he’s lefthanded.

    Thus: I am thrilled.

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    Curt Says:

    Bub, it’s great stuff. Especially with the bad news about Vizcaino coming out this week. if that’s the stuff of our 5 future guy I will take it.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Thanks for the tutorial Bub. Now I really am excited about Minor. So, what about tonight? I really haven’t had time to keep up with things like I normally do. How does the pitching matchup look?

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    Bub Selig Says:

    It looks like somebody wins 3 to 1 or something. My feeling is it will be Florida.

    But my feeling was that Jurrjens would get knocked around, so…

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – I’m crazy excited about the Mike Minor ascension. Especially after Kevin Goldstein tried to rain on that parade in February when we spoke to him.

    Mara – tonight will be tough. Johnson is their ace and has been pitching like it. In his last 5 starts, his ERA is .118 and teams’ BA is .187 against him. But, we’re at home and Medlen’s got to be feeling extremely good about his first start as a formal member of the starting rotation.

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    Mara Wanna Says:


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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Tonight’s lineup: Prado – 4 Cabrera – 9 Chipper – 5 McCann – 2 Glaus – 3 Hinske – 7 Escobar – 6 Blanco – 8 Medlen – 1

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Golly. We need a RF.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Got one Bub. We just need to hold on to first for a few weeks.

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    Curt Says:

    Utley is out 8 weeks

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Utley and Heyward: Two Thumbs Down.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    According to Fangraphs, Heyward, Hinske, Venters, Medlen, Hanson, and Glaus have combined to provide 42 million dollaras worth of free market value (in other words, if you add up what these players would have earned so far this year if they made market value for their level of play) … 42 million dollars just so far this year.

    Their salaries for that period of time: grand total of $3.5 million.


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    Will Says:

    So with Chipper, KK, and Lowe providing about $2 million of value, are we about even?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Think we’ll see the bullpen in the 7th?

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    Mara Wanna Says:


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    Curt Says:

    He’s amazing. 2 2 out RBI. Amazing

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Well, I felt that coming. Not too disappointed. He hasn’t blown one since May 19.

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    Curt Says:


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    Bub Selig Says:

    We got this.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Bub, please be right.

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    Tcc Says:

    And the Atlanta House Painters take the field!! Let’s give ‘em a White Washing!!!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Bravos!!!!!

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    Tcc Says:

    Nice…time to put a finish coat on this game..

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    Tcc Says:

    Melque toast…

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    Tcc Says:

    Walk Off Blooper!!!!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Whatever the hell works!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    So glad we won that cause I’m losing speed scrabble and I DON’T like to lose!

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    Curt Says:


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    Tcc Says:

    Double letter score for Omar!

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    Anne Says:

    Great, great game…am finally home. Our house painters beat their house painters. Go Braves!!

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Had to drive from Jacksonville back to the lake to WFUZ radio (fuzzy signal), so I could barely tell what was going on. Never doubted ‘em, though. Just seemed impossible to lose tonight. I love it. :)

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    Anne Says:

    Traded in my tickets for today…have been baking all afternoon and am pleased to finally turn on the TV and see: 4-1. GO BRAVES!!!

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    Anne Says:

    Seeing Saito reminds me: I noticed last night that when he came in to pitch, Brian’s hand gestures are incredibly big and deliberate – like a Catholic blessing himself – not little gestures in the crotch. I never noticed for Kawakami…is that a Japanese-style thing that Brian has taught himself to do for Saito, you think?

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    Anne Says:

    Oh, B Wags. Very nice.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    lol, K-Rod.

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    Absent Hammy Says:

    Braves look great. Picking each other up. Having fun. Timely hitting. Winning in all kinds of different ways. So much fun to watch. SO MUCH fun to watch. 3 games up on the Mets. Phillies FIVE back. I love winning baseball.

    Have a happy and safe 4th, everyone!

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    Tcc Says:

    Anne, I didn’t see that. I wonder if that’s like speaking louder to someone who is not fluent in your language? “YOU THROW PLENTY BEEG STRIKEY THING NOW” Hope that’s not the case. Go Braves.

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – your #302 is pretty amazing. That’s Mets loss today was their 10th loss on their opponents final at-bat. Quite a contrast to what the Braves have been doing. Have a great 4th everyone!

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Post #32 is missing a name: Prado. I did include him when I did the math, but forgot to list him.

    Heyward, Hinske, Prado, Glaus, Venters, Hanson, and Medlen.

    Will, lol, I didn’t add up the poor value players, but I peeked at a few. It’s not nearly bad enough to make it even I don’t think.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    (Think of it this way, Will:

    Those seven players across half a season are worth 42 million.
    Our payroll for half a season = about 45 million.

    So, in a way, talking in terms of market value, we’re paying 3 million dollars per half season for: Hudson, Jurrjens, Chipper, Lowe, Wagner, Saito, Moylan, McCann, Escobar, Ross, etc, etc… the whole team besides those seven.

    Eat your heart out, Bill James.

    Happy America’s Birthday to All!!!

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    Bub Selig Says:

    *post #302, I meant…

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Can’t Sleep. I shall now babble aimlessly about why I am more excited about this team than I’ve ever been before:

    First, has it dawned on you guys why, exactly On Base Percentage + Bullpen + Bench has put us in such a dominant postion when our regular hitters are having off years and our pitching staff has been bested by the Mets and Phillies (until recently, now we are catching both of them)?

    I think I have it: listen to how obvious it is.

    The Braves high OBP is running up the pitch counts of the opposing starter. This isn’t new, but I mention it because it’s the foundation of the whole strategy. The other starter gets tired. You know all those singles we hit and don’t drive them in? Well, it sucks not to score, but those are extra batters for the starter to face and extra stress. A pitcher can only work out of so many jams before it wears him down. So, we break their starters. If we can’t break them by scoring, we just tire them out. See Strasburg, Johnson, Anibal. We sent them all packing an inning earlier than usual.

    Once we are into the other team’s bullpen, unless that team is the Padres, we have two huge advantages, namely: better pitchers than them and better hitters than them. Because our bench is superior as well as our BP.

    See how that works? The construction of both teams start to change late, and the Braves are running another A-team out there while other teams are turning to their B-guys. Thus, all these late wins.

    But that’s just one way of expressing what we all knew intuitively: Braves scrap out wins late with a good bench and pen.

    BUT, this is where it gets good. That’s only the HARD way for Atlanta to win games. The way to win without having the better starter every time, or the best line up.

    But NOW… in the second half of this season, that all changes. Hanson looks poised to return to dominance. The kid is a quick study. Jurrjens looks poised to do the same. Hudson is already there, and look up his career July and August winning percentages, they are stunning.

    Medlen is the freaking bees knees. And Lowe will give us a chance more times than not, and will make up for his layed eggs with a few dominating outings when the sinker is really falling.

    In other words, this starting rotation is about to be what we envisioned. Make no mistake, it hasn’t been this far. We’ve gotten to first place WITHOUT a dominant Hanson or Jurrjens. But get ready for long strings of games where our starters give up 2 runs or less. That’s coming soon.


    When Heyward gets back, and Escobar takes off, this team is going to explode offensively. I believe those two will be major productive in the second half.

    We got where we are now with our OFFENSE, did you guys know that? When we took over first, we were way behind the Phils and Mets in pitching. But we had the most runs scored in the league. We’re going to get that offense BACK in the second half!

    When everything settles, this team will have an A+ rotation, and A+ bullpen, a B+ offense, an A+ bench, and a C+ defense. This team will EXPLODE.

    Even if ALL those things don’t happen all the way, I think most of those things will happen most of the way. So, maybe Heyward is somewhere between his April dominance and his June slump. Hanson lays maybe 2 more eggs this year. Prado and Hudson regress 10% or so. We have lots of breathing room to absorb those blows.

    Braves will win the NL East by 7 games unless Mets get Lee. If the Mets get Lee, Braves will win the NL East by 3 games.

    Go Braves!

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    Steve Says:

    “Braves will win the NL East by 7 games unless Mets get Lee. If the Mets get Lee, Braves will win the NL East by 3 games.” That made me laugh out loud, Bub. When I read the first half of that sentence, I didn’t think the second half would end that way.

    And kind of uncanny riff on the starting rotation. We’ve planned that as our Long Ball for tonight’s show.

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    Kate Says:

    Braves have 5 all stars, McCann, Hudson, Heyward, Prado, and Infante.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    Ahhhh, five all stars. Am I the only one who feels the validation of the Braves’ return to relevance just went up a big notch?

    I’m proud for all of them, but especially for Prado and Hudson. Votto not making it shows that deserving to be there doesn’t always get you there. So I’m thrilled that both of our super-deserving guys made it. I hope they fix the selection system soon.

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    Curt Says:

    How about Omar. I think it is the most amazing thing that a utility player made the team on his clutchness. So great that Charlie Manuel picked him. Disappointed for Glaus but his comeback player of the year award is in the mail.

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    Curt Says:

    Some tool at yahoo sports called Infante the worst all star ever. I’m sending him something in the mail.


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    Ham Says:


    Let’s vote folks!

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    Kate Says:

    Infante is more deserving than Yadier Molina, but the media doesn’t have a problem with his selection.

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    Bub Selig Says:

    I voted for Votto. The rest of you are sinners.

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    Anne Says:

    Let’s Go Braves!!!

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    Anne Says:

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah Chipper!!

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    Steve Says:

    How about Chipper! New show will be up in about an hour. Along with a clubhouse interview with Brooks Conrad.

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