September 07, 2010

Show #124: The Braves’ NL East Lead Dwindles

Our clubhouse interviews with Jason Heyward and Frank Wren.  Hindsight on KK’s start and solving center field and 1st base.



121 Responses to “Show #124: The Braves’ NL East Lead Dwindles”

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  1. 1
    Walker Says:

    Jason Heyward came off very unlikable in the interview, How was that question irrelevant. Answer the simple question. Very surprised.

  2. 2
    Curt Says:

    So the stat I threw out there was off about Lowe, but it still isn’t great. Braves have won 6 of his last 17 starts.

  3. 3
    Steve Says:

    6 of 17? C’mon, Curt – that’s a whopping 35%. I don’t know what you were complaining about.

  4. 4
    Steve Says:

    Walker – it was weird, no doubt. I really almost laughed following his response to my question about his thumb. For what it’s worth, he comes off as a totally different guy when you see him interacting with his teammates and front office people. He’s joking, loose, affable. Seems to me he’s made a strong decision about how he’s going to talk with the media and he doesn’t waver from it – at all. Not defending him one way or another, just adding some more observations.

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    Ham Says:

    It’s funny – I wonder if he thinks that he is coming off as professional, when in reality he seems less than professional and a little arrogant. I’ll give him a pass in his rookie season, but it will be interesting to see how he matures in terms of talking with the media.

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    Nate Says:

    Great show guys. IMO, part of Lowe’s recent struggles, aside from not having very good control, have been caused by him pitching after Hudson in the rotation. The Marlins’ announcers sold me on that POV as their team was crushing Lowe after being dominated the previous night by Tim Hudson (I think it was the last time the 2 teams played in ATL). Lowe, a mediocre sinker ball pitcher, is easier to hit after a team has dealt with Hudson, a very good sinker ball pitcher. He should put JJ or Tommy in between Lowe and Hudson. This is also the same manager who thought McOut would somehow be a better fit in CF yesterday because he’s used to play in PNC Park. Anyone else remember McOut’s series in PNC in May? He got like 1 hit in 3 games. He sucks everywhere. Comfort is not the issue. Being terrible at baseball while receiving waaaaaaay to much playing time is the issue.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hammy, freaking love the “Frenchy hugging in laws” comment (not that you’ll ever read this). I found J- Hey’s interview a bit touchy. It surprised me. Steve, did he seem touchy? Great show. My hope meter is a 6. We HAVE to win the next two i know the Cards have been scuffling but they still make me nervous. Excited to listen to Michael’s interview now…

  8. 8
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Oops…disregard my Heyward comment. Didn’t catch up before I posted.

  9. 9
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Love the organ dude.

  10. 10
    Steve Says:

    Mara – if there’d been a comma after the word organ, your comment would have been banned.

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    Walker Says:

    Yeah he seemed arrogant but his attitude should improve over the years. Anyway, I believe the braves will go to the playoffs, however I am most worried about the NLDS. The braves have struggled there lately going to a lot of game 5’s. I still don’t understand why MLB wont change that round to a 7 game series. Baseball is a game in which a lot of luck is involved. A 7 game series is the best way to show who the best team really is. That really bothers me. I feel like I can breathe if the braves make it to the NLCS. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

    NBA- the best team wins
    NFL- the hottest team wins
    MLB- the luckiest team wins

  12. 12
    Mara Wanna Says:


  13. 13
    Mara Wanna Says:

    For the record, you can’t ban royalty. Right Cledus? CLEDUS!!!!!

  14. 14
    Nate Says:

    #10 made my day. Thanks, Steve.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Plus, I’m sure he does have a nice organ. You tell us Steve, you saw it right?

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    Wade Says:

    Why why why why why is Nate McClouth playing, at all? And why is KK playing, at all? We couldn’t bring up any other players and leave these two folks rotting away in Gwinett? For the love.

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    Nate Says:

    Wade, I agree with everything. There had to be 2 players on Gwinett’s team having better years than KK and McOut. I would have much rather seen 2 guys get a shot at producing than see KK and McOut continue to struggle. KK just looked awful. Throwing 89 up in the zone is not good, and his location has been an issue for 2 seasons now. He does randomly have a great game every once in a while, but he’s much more likely to have stinker. Same goes for McOut. I think the guys are on to something. McOut must have some incriminating evidence on Bobby or something. Otherwise, Bobby’s just a bad manager….

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Braves lineup: 1. Infante 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Prado 3B, 4. McCann C, 5. Lee 1B, 6. Cabrera LF, 7. Gonzalez SS, 8. Ankiel CF, 9. Hudson P

    Only Mac in the lineup is our all star.

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    Steve Says:

    Wouldn’t you rather Diaz and Melky as opposed to Melky and Ankiel? I know it’s a righty and you can’t possibly put Ankiel in for any more lefties, but c’mon, it’s time for Matty everyday.

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    Nate Says:

    I don’t know if I’m completely sold on Diaz playing everyday? Then again, he might sell me on it if given the opportunity. He hustles and plays hard. I’ve never said to myself, “I don’t think Matty is completely focused or giving his all.” There are many players on our team that I constantly wonder about, especially when they’re playing on the road. When I went to the finale in the Mets series I felt like I got cheated. From the first inning the energy level was flat. It might be time for somebody like McCann or Hinske to light a fire under some of the guys and remind them what they’re playing for. Lately, the guys seem to be playing like they’d rather be hunting, fishing, or doing whatever in October rather than playing ball.

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    Anne Says:

    “Mara” – well, he allegedly has a WORKING organ: his wife just had a baby.

    Steve, it IS time for Matty every day. Every day gets his groove on. His baseball groove, that is.

  22. 22
    Nate Says:

    Rick Ankiel, the second coming of Jordan Schafer. 39 K’s in 84 AB’s. Yikes.

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    Nate Says:

    2-1 Fish.

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    Nate Says:

    Just hopeless…

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    Nate Says:

    Was anyone else thinking, “well, here comes the DP”. It’s like the Braves have conditioned me to feel disappointed before it even happens.

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