May 15, 2011

Show #147: Braves Get Another Series Win Against Phillies

Characterizing the Braves. Chipper’s knee.  Heyward’s shoulder.  Uggla at the plate.  And the Civil Rights game.



192 Responses to “Show #147: Braves Get Another Series Win Against Phillies”

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  1. 151
    BRAVEinNY (Matt) Says:

    I agree with Steve- Kimbrel needs to stay in the closers position. Billy Wagner was one of the best closers of 2010 and he blew 7 saves. It is going to happen, granted it shouldn’t be this often.

    He has to continue in the 9th inning to really flourish…he isn’t going to get the same adrenaline rush pitching in the 8th. Venters is great don’t get me wrong, but I feel that since Kimbrel is the guy, they need to stick with him. The worst possible thing for him is to change his role and make him think his job is on the line every time he goes out on the mound.

  2. 152
    Curt Says:


    Fredi said this spring that he would flip-flop these guys. These are all important games we are talking about. Even the godlike Mariano Rivera had to wait to be the closer when there was a better option.

  3. 153
    Steve Says:

    Hey, hey, hey – put the Caps Lock button down!

    Obviously he doesn’t have to be the guy. But he has closer’s stuff and, at times (more times than not) has been unhittable. I understand the retort that Venters is always unhittable.

  4. 154
    Curt Says:

    Venters is always unhittable

  5. 155
    Steve Says:

    Curt – I guess it comes down to which kind of pitching style and which kind of personality is best suited for the 8th and for the 9th. I think our two guys are lined up in the correct innings right now.

    But … if he keeps blowing saves, obviously my opinion changes.

  6. 156
    Paul Says:

    Venters seems to have a better mental approach. Kimbrel looked totally shaken after he blew that double play ball in GM 1 against the D-Backs. With that said, he might not respond well to a demotion from the closers role.

  7. 157
    Steve Says:

    In light of Macho Man Randy Savage’s death today … a little known fact.

    My wife’s half sister used to be married to (and had a child with) Randy’s brother, Lanny Poffo (Leaping Lanny). I met Lanny at a family gathering many years ago. Very nice. And very insane.

  8. 158
    Curt Says:

    I am your father’s, cousin’s, brother’s, college roommate

  9. 159
    ham Says:

    Two thoughts:

    I am with Curtis. Venters seems like a better option now. Wagner blew 7 saves over 162 games and had a little more of a track record.

    Point two: curt and Steve should get a room (or a podcast).

  10. 160
    Anne Says:

    At 10 years of age, I used to watch Macho Man Randy Savage on Saturday mornings while I ironed my dad’s shirts and my grammar school uniform shirts for the following week. Almost as close as Steve. Almost…

  11. 161
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Heyward to DOB on how he’s feeling after the injection for his rotator cuff:

    “So far, so good,” he said before his third consecutive start Thursday. “I don’t know how it’s going to hold up. I’m just trying to cut down on my head-first sliding and go from there.”

    I think he’s starting to get it now.

  12. 162
    Anonymous Says:

    @ BRAVEinNY

    Yes Wagner Blew 7 games but it was over 162 games not 50 games. These blown saves are too concentrated.

  13. 163
    Pure Says:

    While waiting for the Braves game to start, you might want to tune in to Indians-Reds. Travis Wood has a no-hitter going into the 6th.

  14. 164
    Anonymous Says:

    I put a call in to Frank Wren today to inquire on how Kimbrel became “the guy” and it was determined it was only to piss a guy named Curt off.

  15. 165
    Brave in new york Says:

    Sorry that last post was me.

  16. 166
    Curt Says:

    There are currently other things pissing me off

  17. 167
    Nate Says:

    yikes, huddy.

  18. 168
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Why the hell is Hudson still out there? Bobby Cox 2.0.

  19. 169
    Brave in new york Says:

    Lets hope the Braves can score some runs and make it a game… It would be a shame to end the world with a game like this.

  20. 170
    Pure Says:

    It’s time for me to bring out my DVD of the 95 Braves.

  21. 171
    Leah Says:

    Can’t watch.

  22. 172
    Pure Says:

    When was the last time the Braves were involved in a brawl? Now would be a good time, just to make it interesting.

  23. 173
    Jo-Bu Says:

    I’m all-in for a bench brawl. Just like hockey — In that sport it seems to get a team up. :)

    Man, top 4 spots were all 0-fers tonight. Mather and Hinski were the only two to get hits. I hope they can invert those stats fast or we’re going to sink quickly and have to live on other teams doing our work — whicih usually doesn’t bode well.

  24. 174
    Curt Says:

    I love these types of stats from DOB.

    Santana had been 1-3 with a 5.56 ERA and seven homers allowed in his past six starts, while Hudson was 2-1 with a 2.27 ER in his past five before Friday.

    On top of that, Hudson was up against an Anaheim team that had mustered just one run in its previous three games combined, and hadn’t scored more than four runs in any game during their 1-7 skid before Friday.

    Granted, Hudson is hurt – why they didn’t just have Martinez just start? – but it sure does seem like these things pop up a lot on our offensive end.

  25. 175
    Leah Says:

    How is Huddy hurt? I have zero time these days so I only know what you guys tell me. Info!

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