I know weird huh? He was with his family. Had he been with other players I would have demanded a photo op. Bub, our common battle cry put twinkle in his eye. In other news my phone keeps trying to change Bub to Bin.
Oh and Anne, we were in section 319. Not the top layer but one below it.they weren’t bad actually. Could see all the goings on…unfortunately.
Some of the ‘heroes’ the Braves have created in this past week:
Scott Hairtston – Padres OF Scott Hairston has been struggling recently and was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Dodgers. Hairston has gone just 5 for 25 (.200) over his last seven games with a homer and four RBI. He’s only scored one run over that span and has an on-base percentage of .259.
Nick Hundley – 5 of last 24 (.208) with 5 RBI
Everth Cabrera – 4 of last 21 (.191) with 4 RBI
Donnie Murphy – 9 ABs on the season
Bryan Petersen – .095 AVG, 2 RBI (both against Braves)
Chris Volstad – 4-8, 4.76 ERA: Marlins SP Chris Volstad lasted six innings in his first major league start since being demoted to Triple-A New Orleans on July 6. He was recalled to start against Atlanta on Sunday, as he replaced Nate Robertson in the Florida rotation. Despite throwing just 56 out of 98 pitches for strikes and inducing only six ground ball outs, Volstad limited the Braves to three runs on five hits, though four of those hits, including a solo home run by Eric Hinske, were for extra bases. He struck out three batters, but also walked three, and he did not figure into the decision.
Brad Davis – Marlins catcher Brad Davis, making only his second major league start, had his first two big league hits and his first RBI. He also threw out Matt Diaz trying to steal second to end the ninth.
Wes *$&^*# Helms – #(*&%(*$%&(@*&($
Miguel Batista – 1-2, 4.09 ERA: Batista (1-2) hadn’t started a major league game since Aug. 25, 2008, for Seattle, and he didn’t know he would be taking the mound until minutes before the scheduled first pitch.
Please, someone tell me this is reverseable. How did we go from April (yuck, throw up) to may and june (hooray, sit and spin mets and phils), to back to April in late July?
A team can’t be this schizo and expect to win the NL east, or the Wildcard. Will McClouth actually getting out of the dugout be the thing that turns this around? He’s like the scapegoat they threw off a ship in order to rid the rest of the bad vibes.
Curt, you could also throw Randy Wolf on that list. After he mastered the Braves he was torched by the Pirates. Wade, I think Yunel deserves the scapegoat award. Hey, at least the team chemistry is good.
Troy needs a rest some which way or other. Steve, because I know you’re wondering, Huddy was wearing a light blue cotton button up tucked neatly in his very starched kakis and snazzy puma tennis shoes.
Leah, I buy into it as much as my inner core will allow me. We certainly knew the Braves were going to hit a valley. We also knew the Phils would make a run. I just get panicky about how we are losing. You are going to lose games, but to blow three games you could have/should have won, and then to lay an egg last night when Strausburg doesn’t even start, it’s tough. And the Phils have won 7 in a row? So it’s easy to gain ground on a streak like that.
The Braves are very good. They just need to get this stretch over with and win some games. The pitching is still there. They need the hits. And as much as we dump on him, McLouth most likely has a number of friends in the clubhouse, so maybe that shook the team up last night. Who knows? Just win the next 2 and take 2 of 3 from the Reds and all is well. i think they have 6 road games in august.
I will say it again: Aquire Jose Bautista from the Blue Jays.
–We need POP in our line-up (JB hit is 29 & 30th HR) and have an outfield spot open
–We need someone to take Troy’s place at the five hole
–In future considerations, JB can play 3B – a place where we have no one in the minors of consequence (Conrad not withstanding) to replace Chipper… If Conrad shows in the future he can handle the job full time, keep JB in the OF…
– A 5 to 7 million dollar estimated salary from arbritation for next year (if we don’t sign him to a deal) seems rather reasonable for the production
It doesn’t seem like a “panic move” to me, it is shoring up a weakness in your team – now and for the future…
Mark, I know he is hitting a ton of homers, but aren’t you kind of worried about another high strikeout, low BA guy on this team? He’s got 76 Ks and is batting right around .250. We seem to be pregnant with guys like that.
it would also help if Gonzalez would start hitting some homers for the Braves.
You guys see this? From ESPN Trade Deadline Live: “One interesting development: Nate McLouth was just days from accumulating five years of service time when the Braves abruptly sent him to the minor leagues Tuesday.”
It never ceases to amaze me all of the factors that go into these decisions (that don’t involve putting the best team on the field every day).
If a player has 5 years of major-league service, he may not be assigned to a minor-league team without his consent, regardless of whether he has already been outrighted once, even if he clears waivers. If the player withholds consent, the team must either release him or keep him on the major league roster. In either case, the player must continue to be paid under the terms of his contract. If he is released and signs with a new team, his previous team must pay the difference in salary between the two contracts if the previous contract called for a greater salary.