Scott, great to have you. Hope to hear you more often. You add a lot.
I don’t know why I can’t get my mood straight toward the Braves. They are winning series after series again. And this time even winning 4-gamers instead of splitting, and that’s not easy. Won their last two series on the road, albeit to the Cubs and Houston. But I just keep waiting for the roof to cave in.
It’s so weird. My hope meter, after a 5-2 week, has dropped. But I am proud of the team.
Postseason hope meter: 8
Division crown hope meter: 3
One thing I am so excited about I can’t stand it: Mike Minor. His face when he gave up the 2 run homer today, was beyond his years. When I saw his expression, I was like, this isn’t going to be a big deal. He’s not going to be shaken by that at all. And he wasn’t. I love this kid, and love having a lefty in there.
I’m not saying he’s going to be dominant. But I think he’s going to be extremely valuable and solid for a long time. And I think he’ll be the best 5th starter in baseball next year.
Foul on swapping KK for Lowe. Derek Lowe is growing on me. The value we’re getting out of the three youngsters goes a long way towards softening the blow of 15 million spent on a .500 pitcher.
I’m a little concerned that JJ’s and Hanson’s velocity were both down in Chicago, followed by Minor’s being normal, or even up. Watching with fingers crossed both of their next starts.
Great show! I agree about Lee’s bat waking up. How terrible to play against the Cubs in front of that faithful crowd and then on Lou’s last day. I cannot imagine how difficult. I missed the Chipper interview. I’m gonna have to try and track it down. Sounds very interesting.
As far as the errors go…a lot of adjustments have been made to the infield. Could that have anything to do with it? Every guy plays a little differently right? Covers the bag a bit differently maybe.
Finally, WHO KNEW Minor would be so spectacular? I mean that guy slipped under the radar didn’t he. I don’t know that I even heard his name mentioned until he was brought up. We should try to find somebody who will keep up with these guys in the minor’s to let us know who’s coming up…who looks good…who we should NEVER trade. Just saying…
My post season hope meter is 8 until I watch Phillies highlights. Them I’m a 7. Curt, I cannot believe your 3 and 3 prediction! Where’s the love?
Okay, gonna channel all my willpower into one spot and skip tonight’s game so I can watch the condensed game tomorrow without knowing who won.
That’s the way it’s gotta be to start the semester.
I’ve only ever made it once before, to the condensed game without knowing the score (hey, that rhymed…), and it was the most exciting 15 minutes of my sports life. My heart was pounding with each at bat.
If you don’t know what it is, mlb.com gives you the concluding pitch of every at bat in the game, and that’s all you get. So if it’s a strike out, you get strike 3. A walk, you get ball four. A homer, you get a homer. It’s baseball so fast I almost had a heart attack.
But it’s got to be…. GOT TO BE… the baseball for Bub starting tomorrow. This literary criticism bidness is no joke. Taking my advisor as an instructor, gulp.
If you’re the prayin’ kind, pray that I make it. Braves obsession can cause serious spiraling.
I thought tonight was the night you were trying to stay up all night? Maybe tomorrow should be the night you should start only watching the condensed game and tonight should be the “party to end the summer of Bub” night. My kid has Pneumonia and I’ve been clung to and snorted on all day. I deserve an ABT friend on the board tonight. Am I helping?
I was anticipating a lot hearing a lot of optimism on the show this week!
Personally I’m feeling really good about the braves right now, 6-0 come on! =P (maybe a bit too optimistic but we are much better than the Rockies/ Marlins)
– I feel we’ve got the best pitching in baseball our bullpen looks so good and the starting pitching has been just unbelievably good this year (especially finally not having KK in there!)
– The batting has had me worried all year, but look at the line up now Omar is in there every day Prodo is back and we’ve got Lee rather than Gloss! that’s huge
where are the week spots?? there are none Mccann is hitting very well lately seems like he’s got the eyes under control
maybe we’re lacking a bit in Left and Center but we cant expect to have an all star caliber player in every position although we are close now
-and a very strong bench
Love listing to the show every week guys keep it up! =)
Welcome Jimbo! I’m glad you think Mac’s hitting well. I was a little concerned about him the last couple games. Hasn’t been able to get the ball outta the infield. However, I tend to be a bit short sighted and am willing to be wrong.
Wake up BUB! Steve, can ABT invest in a shocking device that shocks the wearer anytime I end up talking to myself on the board? Like yesterday (not that I’m mad cause ya know I know there are lives to be lived). Everyone can take a shift. Hey…everyone can be assigned a series. Hammy should be given double time since he NEVER comments on the board.
Where IS Cledus? If I kept emails I would know his address but I delete everything.
Well, that was an agonizing few minutes. Yeah, I did get to see Gonzalez’s “tome asiento” (have a seat). Very funny. The rest of the game: not as funny.
Enjoyed watching the Philly condensed better, as they were ahead when I went to sleep. Philly got robbed big time on that base line call. Didn’t see the bad strikes on our game, as I only get the deciding pitch of each at-bat. Sounds like a good one to’ve missed.
Seems like a lot of nothing from Lee so far, unless I missed something. It was a decet day from our other two formerly nothing acquisitions, though, so maybe there’s a delayed effect on all our pick ups.
Thanks for the congrats, everybody – “Mara” – it’s SHINY! As soon as I find someone with a camera phone, I’ll tweet you, sure. You kids and your modern technology.
Day game today…c’mon, Braves. You’ve got a day off tomorrow, and then you come home. Give it all you’ve got!
JJ, that was Steve. It comes with a press pass. We have been lucky enough to get down to Turner Field and into the clubhouse maybe 10 times now. We get them through the Braves PR department. I have been down a couple of times and have not been able to stay to get up to the press box, but being in the clubhouse, and then the dugout during BP, is a pretty amazing experience.
Bobby Cox is freaking retarded. I’m glad I tuned in late for this one. I’m nauseated just thinking what it would have been like to see that ending after watching them leading 10-1.
What a jerk. He literally damages relievers’ careers. I’m glad as hell he’s leaving. I wish he were gone right now. I care nothing at all about the Braves doing well for “Bobby’s Last Year.” I hope they do well, but don’t give one crap about him having a legacy. Get out of town, Bob. Arm-wrecker.
And Bub, beyond the crime that is Venters, he left JJ in to get hammered and really had no plan when it all blew up. I know I am prone to hyperbole, but that was quite possibly the most disgraceful thing I have ever seen. He has no clue.
Jimbo! – first and foremost, YES. Phillies lose. It’s my mantra tonight and it’s very successfully bringing down my blood pressure.
Anne – holy cuss! Congratulations. That is terrific, terrific news.
I think the ridiculous use of Farnsworth today is important for Bobby. He’s got to bust through his blind devotion to a guy to where he gets to his unreasonable distrust of a guy. Like he did with KK and Chavez. He’s got to be only 2 or 3 more disastrous appearances by Farnsworth away from that point.
JJ – I’ll be back in the clubhouse/pressbox this coming Tuesday the 31st. Hopefully I’ll get some good interviews and I’ll be tweeting from the pressbox that night as well. If you don’t follow us on Twitter (our account is typically manned by Curt, who does a tremendous job) we’re @atlbaseballtalk.
“I have to do my job, whatever position I’m given,” Kawakami said Wednesday through his interpreter.
When asked if he was disappointed, Kawakami said, “No, I’m not disappointed. It’s another important job.”
Can we please have some take-backs by the pair of you who believe in the face of all contrary evidence that KK has some secret dark side that’s causing ripples behind the scenes? The guy has simply had the classiest reactions possible to questionable treatment by the organization. I mean, not even an “I’m disappointed but it’s okay.” Not even sure Dale Murphy outclasses this guy.
Just to join the chorus, can’t believe the Phillies got swept at home by the Royless Astros. I mean, if you’re gonna suffer the most agonizing sweep imaginable on the road, they picked the only decent time to do it. Still fuming at C*x, though. I hope Venters isn’t in Dr. Andrews’ office this time next year.
That really is awful news. Hate it for him and for the Nationals franchise. What a blow.
Back to the KK thing, it was not only Ham (which I understand, because he’s crazy and actually follows the Marlins) but also Scott last week, who should really know better. Bub – I agree with you. He’s been a class act.
Nobody will believe me, but before the game I saw Tommy trot out toward the bullpen and I thought, He doesn’t seem prepared…is he even pitching tonight? Something’s up. Preoccupation with something. His birthday tomorrow…who knows. He needs to shake it or sit the heck down.
Hey guys. Just checking in. Class kicking my tail. Something’s kicking Hanson’s tail, I see. I just got here, so I can’t properly complain, but … what the crap?
I swear, I’m leaning toward hoping we back into the playoffs and just get a taste so that next year we can make a real run. It sounds like the Phils and Braves made a deal with each other to take a little vacation or something. *Avoids multi-millionaire soap box* … I know you’re proud.
Yeah, I thought Scott (whom I really enjoyed listening to) echoed Pig Meat’s paranoid KK vision (said with a smile). I just don’t see it. It’s ironic to me that in a culture of spoiled athletes, the guy who says all the right things and takes his knocks like a man gets accused of being *secretly* a personality problem to the organization. I mean, it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities, but with all the right-out-loud whiners in MLB, I’ve got nothing but love for a guy who comes here, swears to “put his soul in his pitches,” flops, and then goes right about his business of helping any way he can. He even addressed the “I didn’t come here to be a reliever” remark with what only makes sense as the truth: that he didn’t say that with any feeling. I understood what he meant instantly.
Mark, Hanson is 19 – 13 with a 3.24 ERA coming into tonight, and is 23 years old.
KK is a veteran, 8-21, with a 4.17 ERA, and struggling in Gwinnett. I’m with you on a general lack of respect for Kawakami (not by this podcast more than by any other Atlanta media I’ve seen), but they are such different players in terms of both career performance and career potential. It’s hard to pretend they deserve the same level of patience.
I encourage everyone to listen to the KK show again. Aside from avowed Braves hater Ham, Steve and I could not have been more supportive of him. In every conceivable facet. My opinion of him has not changed at all. Nor has it changed of Tommy Hanson.
They’re really great. Great diversity with their songs. White Blood Cells is a really fine album too. And they don’t get too polished. They do pick up a bassist by Elephant, I think, but they are terrific.
Was out all night with the family at Six Flags. But could not believe what I kept seeing on my Blackberry as I checked the score. And now to read the game story and see all the homers given up. I mean, it was so bad that Bobby couldn’t even sugar coat Hanson’s performance. Not the way to start this homestand. Phillies/Padres tied in the 10th. C’mon Padres.
The honest answer is that the Twitter iPhone app is so much better than plain old Twitter and it’s much easier to find and respond to tweets through it. I promise I will respond to any and all tweets you send me from this point forward
In case you can tune in, I’m going to be on Sports Talk with Richard Cross to talk Braves this Monday, August 30, just after 5:15pm Eastern. The segment will be around 10 minutes. To listen to it live, go to: http://www.sportstalkkrc.com. On the right side of the page is a Listen Live link. I don’t think the segment will be archived, so listening to it live will likely be the only option.
The Marlins’ announcers make a good point that having Lowe follow Hudson in the rotation is not the smartest of moves. By doing so, you have a very mediocre sinker-baller following a dominant sinker-baller. Notice the Marlins are all over these Lowe pitches after dealing with Hudson last night.
What a weird and wonderful slow motion win with the replay. And the drama of the ump coming back out, smiling, pointing at Mac and then signaling homer. What a win. If that game 3 in Colorado was possibly the end of the season, then today is possibly the total resurrection of it. Joy, joy, and more joy.
For those that don’t have the local TV feed, they interviewed Mac after the game. He was asked what he was thinking while standing on 2nd. He said he knew it was a homer because of how it sounded. Said the ball doesn’t sound like that when it hits the yellow pad at the top of the wall. Fascinating stuff. I really have chills about this one.