May 08, 2011

Show #146: The Braves Pieces Come Together

A stunning 6 – 1 week.  Teheran’s debut.  Lowe trade rumors.  And a dearth of steals.



176 Responses to “Show #146: The Braves Pieces Come Together”

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  1. 151
    Jo-Bu Says:

    I think the Uggla’s and McCloth’s of the world suffer from larger baseball market syndrome. They put too much pressure on themselves to perform. I sure hope it doesn’t take Uggs a season and a half to stop pressing at the plate. Fredi says he’s not pressing but I’m not buying it. This ain’t Miami or Pittsburg, this is Atlanta and the expectations are higher here the players know it.

  2. 152
    Jo-Bu Says:

    I sure wish I could spell: McLouth!

  3. 153
    wiley Says:

    Anybody remember this:

    If thats possible we can beat him today (even if the Blue Jays offense was terrible)

  4. 154
    john j Says:

    TBS announcers are terrible. They never shut up; must think it is a radio broadcast and we can’t see.

  5. 155
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Apparently, Kimbrel needs someone to look over his shoulder at…

  6. 156
    Leah Says:

    What I can’t stand is the annoying electronic strum they use when the score board goes up to the corner. Terrible. Great win! Especially without Chipper and Heyward and with Huddy half gimpy. Fantastic end to a somewhat frustrating week.

  7. 157
    john j Says:

    Did you say “Rocker”?

  8. 158
    Bubdylan Says:

    His name is…

  9. 159
    Bubdylan Says:



  10. 160
    Curt Says:

    So steve, thoughts on Uggla now?

  11. 161
    john j Says:

    Remember John Rocker when he was at his peak (before he went crazy)? Always made it interesting; needed one or two runners to settle him down. Kimbrel makes it very interesting; get the valium out!

  12. 162
    Steve Says:

    Curt, I know. Should make for an interesting topic tonight.

    What a terrific win today. But very bummed about the Chipper news (partial meniscus tear in non surgery knee).

  13. 163
    Steve Says:

    Bub, great call on posting the Uggla vs Halladay stats last night given today’s outcome.

  14. 164
    Pure Says:

    Can you imagine any Brave doing a Posada? Uggla has had his struggles, but if dropped down in the order, he’d be a pro about it. None of this media circus that the Yankees love so much.

  15. 165
    Jo-Bu Says:

    #163: There’s something brewing between the Yanks and Posada. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a GM commenting or issuing any sort of statement during a game in progress.

  16. 166
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Did anyone catch the pre-game ceremonies? Carlos Santana had to ruin it in my opinion. Apparently, we here in Atlanta and Arizona should be a shamed of ourselves. Leave it to some entertainer to inject politics into such a class event as this. I’ve lost any amount of respect I’ve ever had for Carlos Santana after hearing his little childish jab.

  17. 167
    Pure Says:

    Looks like Teheran will be the spot starter on Wednesday. Minor threw 5 innings tonight (90 pitches).

  18. 168
    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m going to blow a fuse if Atlanta’s next pitching move is to spare getting rid of Scott Linebrink, as is being rumored (they say they might let Martinez have the spot start to keep from making any roster moves).

    It has been since 2008 since Scott Linebrink was worth a crap to any baseball team. He has been terrible now for, ready for it? ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY GAMES. He was terrible before he came here, terrible the year before that, and has been terrible since he got here. He is not suddenly going to become a valuable pitcher. Grow some balls and cut this guy right stinking now.

    Why right stinking now? Because if you let the long bullpen man, Martinez, have a spot start, you are losing your long man during a no-off-days stretch, and with your bullpen already very taxed and very vulnerable.

    This one stubborn move, to keep Linebrink, could do a TON of damage, if that’s indeed the main player in their decision. And on top of the damage, again, YOU STILL HAVE TO HAVE SCOTT LINEBRINK IN YOUR BULLPEN. UGH! Sometimes this front office makes me bananas. Somebody at ESPN said they’d never seen a crazier mixture of savvy moves and absurd ones as with the Atlanta front office.

    Keeping Linebrink is going to really, really hurt us. And these are the things I remember when we get a what-could-it-hurt response from people on the acquisition of a bad player. It can hurt a lot, because this club will let a bad player do ridiculous amounts of damage to the Win-Loss column, the team psyche, and in this case, the team health, before they’ll get rid of him.

    That said, I hope they make this post look silly by cutting Linebrink in the next 24 hours.

  19. 169
    Nate Says:

    #167, well said. He is awful. Let Julio start. Cut Linebrink.

    What do y’all think, Should Chipper go ahead and have the surgery, or try to play through it? Is this an injury that could get worse if he plays?

  20. 170
    Steve Says:

    Bub – they don’t have to make any move yet because they’re about to put Beachy on the DL. That way, they can bring up Teheran for a spot start and not make any roster moves.

    Also, DOB tweeted today that the FO officially said no Martinez spot start on Wednesday.

  21. 171
    Steve Says:

    That said, I agree that they should absolutely DFA Linebrink.

  22. 172
    Bubdylan Says:

    Re # 169: Oh.

  23. 173
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Yep, need to 86 Linebrink. George Sherrill has at least made up some of his earlier misgivings. I don’t remember which game it was but I only recall one single inning where Linebrink looked good. The Braves don’t turn to him that much anymore so maybe they’re thinking about cutting him loose.

  24. 174
    Curt Says:

    From Chipper (per our earlier conversation about playing to your competition):

    Then this: “My worry is not about Philadelphia — it’s about everybody else. [The Phillies] bring it every night, no matter who they’re playing. We don’t do that as often.”

  25. 175
    Curt Says:

    And this:

    Jones again: “The thing that bothered me about that Washington series is that we looked like we were sleepwalking. That’s the difference between the two teams. The Phillies don’t come into a series wanting to take two of three — they want to sweep.”

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