Don’t sell yourself short Curt…I specifically remember you being a 5 at one point last year. Great show. It is sad about Chipper. During one of the videos in between innings there was a clip of Chipper and the crowd went crazy. Everybody loves him. Prado is NOT an if. He’s gonna come back and be spectacular again. Y’all have fun tonight!
Good show guys. My meter is at about a 6 right now, too. I think the Braves still have a much better staff and bullpen than Philly, but at some point we have to start scoring runs consistently to have any shot. The remaining road games are very worrisome. If we can go over .500 against the Mets, Marlins, and Nats, then we probably make it. Regardless of schedule, if we continue to only get 1,2, and 3 runs a game, then we’re probably only going to go about .500 the rest of the way and miss the playoffs. I’m optimistic because I think having Prado, Infante, Heyward, and Mac in the top of the order can produce enough offense to get us there.
Curt – I heard the FW interview this morning. What did you make about him saying that Freeman is eligible to be on the post season roster as of now? Something about you can replace a player on the DL with him? It makes no sense to me. I thought that a player had to be on the 25 man roster by Aug 31 to be on the post season squad. Anyone have any idea? He’s not even on the 40 man roster as of today.
Also – What headlines did you take away from the Chipper interview?
You know your offense is struggling when a local sports writer (Schultz) mentions Manny Ramirez as a viable option. Considering the reasons behind Esky’s move to Canada, the Manny idea is almost as crazy as the Chone Figgins idea. Alos, would anyone be opposed to Infante as an everyday player ( the rest of this year and next)? I look at him like I did Prado before Prado started. Yeah, our bench is better when he is coming off it (if Bobby remembers he’s there), but the line up is so much better when he’s in it. Which is more important? Yeah he only hits a lot of singles, but don’t you want a guy who gets on base a ton at the top of the order? To me, Prado and him look like a great 1 and 2 in the order for this year and beyond.
Hey all. Just got back from the game. Yes – I met Bub in person. Really cool to meet him and chat. Hi Bub – sorry to talk about you like you’re not here. And yes, Mara – Bub took a picture of he and I. And our plan to avoid Anne worked like a charm.
What a freaking game. The place was elated after Omar’s triple and subsequent tying run. And then in the absolute depths after the error in the 8th. I credit Melky not only with the winning hit (obviously) but his throw in the 8th turned the stadium around. We were sitting in the seats in left field (outside the 755 Club). In other words, directly behind Melky. The throw was an absolute thing of beauty from that angle. An absolute straight shot. Incredible.
So, were some of the calls in the bottom of the 9th questionable in our favor?
JJ – Great to hear from you. I look forward to hearing that whole Chipper interview. It’s just weird him bringing up 1st base. But it also speaks to, for lack of a better word, a desperation I’m guessing he must be feeling to get back out there one more time. Because he has vehemently rejected the calls for him to move to 1st the past few years.
Steve, Chipper simply responded to a question as to whether he would consider moving to 1st should he not be able to play 3rd anymore. He said he would consider it, but he went to great length to point out that he has no interest in blocking Freddie Freeman from coming up. He talked about how tough it was goung to be to watch, but that after this initial road trip, he would travel with the team for the rest of the season. He seemed like a guy who genuinely didn’t know what he was going to do, but who certainly was disappointed with what had happened.
So, Melky is probably our second best outfielder behind Jason, do you think Bobby will start playing him even more in CF and only start Ankiel against righties? Also, Prado batted 3rd for the G-Braves, do you think that’s where he bats when he gets back? He played some third last night, too.
I was checking out our minor league affiliates, and I noticed that our most recent signee from Cuba, Yasser Gomez, is at AA Mississippi and has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games. His last 4 have been multi-hit games. He is batting .350. Not too shabby. Jordan Schafer is currently hitting .183 for the same team.
I think Ankiel has to be considered a match up starter. He’s really proving to be an easy out right now. And he seems very frustrated. It’s easy to say he is pressing, but reading his comments when he got traded, i know he grew up a Braves fan and was very excited to be coming over, so maybe give him a couple of days to relax.
Bub – we’ll always have Paris.
Steve – Alan looks GREAT – all cured. In a nutshell: let’s just say that a healthcare center in the greater Atlanta area (NOT the one where I work – thank heavens) treated him poorly and initially misdiagnosed him, and he’s quite happy to be (a) walking and (b) back at The Ted. GO BRAVES!!
Melky – I’m sorry we said bad things about you back in the day. You can stay and platoon, even if it means I don’t see Matty as often.
JJ – what is the problem you’re having again with the site? I don’t like hearing about these technical problems. Curt and I were 6 and Hammy, I think, was a 5.
Nate – the batting lineup is a pretty interesting question – which may be answered tonight (I think Prado will be back). While it’s hard to argue with putting Prado back in the 1 spot given how well he did there, I’d do something like this:
And yes, I kept Ankiel off the list on purpose. Speaking of, Curt and your #51?!?! I don’t think I know you anymore.
Steve, I really like that lineup. It makes the best use out of what we have. Infante has done well leading off in Prado’s absence, and maybe Prado turns into a good RBI guy for us down the stretch to solidify his MVP candidacy. I also like Melky batting 8th because you know he’s going to put the ball in play most times he’s up there.
I could use a break, if someone would like to be me for a while. It’s really tricky most of the time and there’s usually a party going on in my head. It would also throw off my psychiatrist, who has been trying his best, and is probably working on a book.
Meant to say earlier today: met Ballpark Frank for coffee. I could hear him talk about baseball all day. Meanwhile, tonight I’m reminded that this is a game for fathers and sons. Sweet example behind me – question after question being thrown at dad with solid, steady answers. Go Dads!
Anne, I didn’t see the Cox tattoo. Sounds pretty great, though.
As Bub rails against the hidden injuries (and I’m with you Bub, I still don’t understand why more is not made about both Heyward’s stuff and McCann’s eyes in the paper), we can all feel better about the self-inflicted ridiculousness of others: http://tinyurl.com/28puf55
Hey, have I mentioned “Summerland” by Michael Chabon? It’s one of those young adult/young reader novels – but really a great, fanciful baseball tale. FYI for some lovely reading.
I’m gonna get Atari thumb in just a bit.
I want demand excitement over EOF coming back. That’s HUGE for the home stretch, foks. Both because it gives us another great arm and because it makes our very best current arm – not crack apart at the elbow joint.
A discouraging quote from the ESPN recap of tonight’s game:
“Even with the Braves contending for their first playoff appearance since 2005 and pulling out one thrilling win after another, just 16,911 turned out at Turner Field — by the far the smallest home crowd of the season.”
Home safely. Alan told me that tonight was the worst turnout of the season, too, so: confirmed. Terrible. Devil’s advocate, though: who wants to see the Nats…and kids are back in school. Both weak excuses.
For those of you who haven’t gone to bed yet – the moon is lovely. Go take a look. Good night, and Go Braves!!
we went back in July, i was lucky that my dad scored great season tick seats from his work colleague…and so the seats were free….but 7 bucks for water….etc etc…I blew nearly $150 bucks without thinking.
of course later that night Curt and I spent twice that much at the Pink Pony…but thats not the point…
The Lee thing is another buy low and hope things work out kind of move. His year’s been really mediocre. But could I get behind that it’s pretty depressing in Chicago right now and a change of scene could turn him around? Maybe. All that said, I doubt this happens.
Bub – re your 151 – the numbers are just incredible.
Among the rest of the factors that make it hard for me to believe about Lee (the cash, as Curt points out and his sore back) is the fact that it’s being reported on so heavily. That’s not how FW rolls anymore. Couldn’t it all be rumor that’s grown legs?
“Maybe 2 bargain bin 1st basemen will equal one good bat.” – Love it.
Yes – I am pretty excited about it, too. Hope it happens. And hope they DL Troy (or at least rest him a bunch) so that he becomes a healthier professional pinch hitter off the bench. I just hope we don’t get stomach punched when we see the prospects we’re giving away.
The Lee situation has at least one important implication outside of the acquisition itself.
a. The Braves give more in prospect value for Lee in order to take on less of his contract.
b. The Braves give little in prospect value for Lee and take on most of his contract.
If a, the Braves are indeed in a prolonged spending funk that will probably not end.
If b, the Braves have been holding back on spending only because they didn’t see anything worth spending money on.
If this deal goes through, it will go some distance toward answering our lingering suspicions about the spending habits of the organization. In other words, if we give up Delgado, or even Kimbrel, and take on less than half of Lee’s $$$, we’re pretty much broke.
One theme I don’t like about Wren: buying high. I know most would say Lee is a buy-low, but I think his back struggles and plate struggles are pretty well established by now, and that his homer outburst versus the Cards makes this a buy-high in the same vein as Ankiel’s and Gonzalez’s numbers right before they came over.
We bought high on Nate McLouth, Gonzo, Ankiel, Farnsworth, and now Lee.
If we “sold low” on any of our pitching prospects going across for Lee… unhappiness shall flow forth.
Holy smokes. Glaus will rehab in Gwinnett at third base. I don’t like this at all. The whole advantage of having Lee and Glaus is that they can spell one another. I hope it’s just a back up plan and that Infante/Prado close out the season at 2nd/3rd.
I will be livid if Glaus replaces Infante in the starting line up and Omar has to go back to the bench after proving himself again.
I think Glaus is rehabbing at 1st and 3rd for more lineup flexibility. If the Braves were facing a real tough lefty in Sept., then you could sit Heyward and play Omar in LF, Diaz in RF, and Melky in CF. Prado would obviously move back to 2nd. Cox would be able to bat all righties against a lefty pitcher (if Ross plays for mac). We could then use all lefties plus the Venezuelans against right handed pitchers.
It’s a happy day, and I don’t want to cloud it up, but how does the Atlanta media just let it go now that it’s been confirmed that this is exactly what happened:
1. Glaus’s knees got too bad to play.
2. He said they were not too bad to play.
3. Proceeds to stink it up for a month, obviously hurt.
4. Goes to the DL
HELLO?? Tired of being lied to as a fan. Don’t lie to the team (and the fans) about your thumbs, eyeballs, and knees any more. It hurts the team. Playing below replacement level when you should be on the DL is bull.
Okay, I’m done with that issue until Heyward goes on the DL in three weeks after dribbling a hundred more grounders.
I’m teaching myself to keep score. Thought you should know just in case I seem subdued or distracted. Oh Huddy…stop being so dramatic. Just get some outs already! Just kidding! Awesome start! Wonder if Huddy took Marta to The Ted?
His pitches look great on gameday. Like they’re getting some lucky swings. Of course movement doesn’t show on the graphic, so I can’t say if his pitches are as lively as usual. But that sequence to Dunn, for example, looked masterful on location.
Hate the Phils. New ballgame Huddy! Anybody know how I score Mac’s crossing homeplate? Melky doesn’t get the RBI due to the DP so do I still put a 6 with a circle in the bottome left corner? Does anybody know what I’m talking about?
August 1st was also the beginning of Gonzo’s lethal error stretch. Hard to make an argument that he’s played better between the two. Both have been pretty mediocre. You also have to remember that Escobar’s seeing a lot of pitchers for the first time. Gonzo played in the NL for a long time.
The second half is just now beginning to feel magical like the first half did. Now that everything’s settling in my fickle head, I think the Lee move is potentially a juggernaut for reasons three:
1. The obvious stuff: Glaus down, Lee in.
2. Subtracted Lee from the Cubs so we don’t have to face him in his hot streak.
3. The Braves are going on the road. The bad road trips have got to be in their heads by now. If we can catch a no-Lilly, no-Lee Cubs team feeling a little down and just blow them up in either a sweep or a dominant 2/3 series win featuring some offense, it might be just the thing to get them over the road hurdle mentally.
And so much of baseball is mental. C’mon, Braves. Knock this road trip out of the park. 4-2 or 5-1. Do it up. The Phils are into their 24-games-in-23-days stretch. If we can pressure them now… they might give just a little.
Not only that. He had him attempt to bunt the runners over for Matt Diaz facing a righty. This is another case of Bobby blowing a sweep. If we miss the playoffs, then I hope it’s by many, many games because there are going to be a lot of games to look back on as wasted opportunities. That said, please let’s win this one.
Never would have asked that. Why would you have the best player on your team bunt when you’re down by 2 and there are 2 men on base? Especially when there’s a righty on the mound and Diaz is on deck. The call made no sense. You knew they’d bring in a lefty for McCann, too. The guy to get it done was Prado, and the manager took the bat out of his hand. Shame.
Bub, #285, I agree. The Giants have lost series to the Braves, Padres, and Phillies in August. They’re about to play St. Louis and Cincy. This is a big series for both them and the cardinals, who have been really struggling lately, too. I don’t see the Giants hanging in there with their spotty offense, and their pitching hasn’t been real great lately. I’m keeping my eyes on that Central race. I gotta think the Cards will do something eventually, but the Reds have a really good team. I just don’t think both are going to make the playoffs. The Wild Card might actually be the best slot to go to the playoffs in the NL. You get the Padres, who are a good team, but I would much rather play them in a 5 game series than the Reds or Cardinals.
“It was kind of like when you look at your wife and act like you’re listening and you don’t really hear what she said,” Diaz said in an attempt to explain why he didn’t immediately react to Gonzalez’s popup. Aw, shucks. Bet he (and the wifey) are glad he left town after THOSE bon mots.
Nice win!! Not only did they win it in the last at bat but with 2 outs and 2 strikes. I love how it’s always someone different. A little bummed about Lee going 0 fer but honestly, what a difficult situation. How can you stand up there and jack one out after the crowd gives you a standing O. I’m not saying he did poorly on purpose just that it must have been difficult mentally. Also, I think he was just trying to fit in. There were men on base every at bat and he knows that’s how we roll.
Today I came very close to getting hit during my morning run. I had very cautiously begun my journey across the street after being given the “walk” sign when I paused as the car eased into the intersection. When I saw that she saw me I proceeded my jog only to have her start to speed up. Don’t pedestrians have the right of way? She slammed on her brakes and I crossed in front of her. As I was staring her down I noticed the Mets plate on the front of her car. My anger dissipated as I realized she must be in a very angry fog. I’ve been there…I get it.
lineup: 1. Infante 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Prado 3B, 4. Lee 1B, 5. Diaz LF, 6. Gonzalez SS, 7. Ross C, 8. Ankiel CF, 9. Hanson RHP.
Wow, Ankiel vs a lefty. I guess Bobby loves him some Rick. The triple yesterday was huge, but isn’t Melky hitting really well lately. I’m feeling a big day. I feel good about everyone in our lineup except Jason and Rick, which means both of them will probably have big days. 6 hits from Venezuela today. Bub, I’m counting on your Ross catching Hanson makes Hanson better theory. Go Braves!
Ankiel: 0-3. 3 K’s. 2 w/ RISP. 1 w/man on 1st 1 out. Is his good arm worth that? Melky has a pretty good arm, too, and he puts the ball in play against the lefties. Let go of your strange loyalties, Bobby.