Solid, solid, solid on the interviews, especially the Wohlers interview. It was very cool to hear about his process through the whole thing, especially 95. It’s crazy to think about how long ago that was, and I do wish the Braves would do more with the 90s era and the players who played. Have some of those guys come back and throw out first pitches and meet the fans.
This week was more of the same. Struggling against rookies and guys who traditionally struggle at the Major League league. Hopefully they can get over this. Fortunately for us the 2 teams in front of us are going through similar issues. “Reeling Marlins”. Classic.
The Marlins series worries me because we never play well down there, and I feel like we never get to Nolasco and Volstad. Plus their bullpen is no longer a boon for opposing offenses. The Astros series worries me because they have a whole mess of players we tend to struggle against. Who knows, though? Maybe this is Uggla’s week. What’s the word on Heyward’s return? I’ve heard he isn’t even taking swings yet…
I will now wait for Hangover 2 to reach a non-10 dollar viewing form. Thanks, Curt. Does Ed Helms at least sing another song? “What do tigers dream of” can brighten up any day.
He does sing, but it is so canned. It’s like they made the Hangover exactly the same, except less funny, and with more of the things I hated from the first movie (see crazy little Chinese dude and full frontal nudity).
I encourage everyone to read the review in the AJC. As spot on as any review in recent memory.
“It’s hard to imagine a more half-assed attempt at cashing in a second time than “The Hangover Part II.”
What a fantastic interview with Mark Wohlers. Atlanta Baseball Talk does a great job once again. I always felt so bad for Wohlers because he was so dominant at times but is always remembered for the 1996 World Series collapse. Sad to hear that the Braves haven’t reached out more to him.
Great interview with Wohlers. Leyritz homer. Ouch. Whenever I re-watch my video of the 96 WS, I have to fast forward that part. I agree with Leah — Uggs will bust out. All your predictions are way off base. The Braves will have a 6-1 week.
It’s so weird that the ifs surround guys like Heyward and Uggla… If they turn it around the Braves will be very hard to beat. No one is tearing it up in MLB right now. Last year we kind of peaked early in the Summer, maybe this year it will happen later and carry into October. It’s a long season.
I clearly missed this on Sunday. Have you guys seen this? Bub’s head is going to explode. This is from Buster Olney: “There is a distinct feeling, in being around the Braves’ players, that they want Heyward to grind his way through his discomfort, to get back on the field and play, even if he’s not completely 100 percent healthy.” Yowza.
Yes, he would. Unfortunately, talent supercedes class in too many instances when it comes to athletes. What a world class jerk off. Too bad the next pitcher didn’t drill him.
Steve, to that end, wasn’t he terrible when he was grinding it out? Not that I disagree with their displeasure if they sense he should be out there, but he was so bad. Is he an upgrade if he is back in the lineup and batting .150?
Steve, I saw that from Olney. I really, really hope Olney got that distinct feeling from his butt, which would match not a few of his former distinct feelings. I dunno how much you pay attention to Olney, but he gets it wrong a lot.
That said, I don’t really doubt that the team feels Heyward has swung back too far in the opposite direction of last year’s mistake in hiding injury. Maybe they feel that way and they’re correct. Or maybe they’re wrong. Or maybe they don’t feel that way at all. Too much unknown.
But I’ll say this: down-to-earth, team player types get the benefit of the doubt from their team mates. I highly doubt that, if Olney’s observation is true, it’s as much an indication of Jason’s current injury issue as it is a sign of his general reputation in the clubhouse. I doubt that Mr. That-Question-Is-Irrelevant does especially well amongst the fellas.
In every case, it would be good to see Jason err to the side of caution. If nothing else, contrasted with last year’s “Man Up” treatment of the thumb, it shows he’s not too stubborn to grow and adapt. He’s still really young.
1) I miss Infante.
2) remember how sickly and skinny Hanson got last year? He looks down right pudgy compared to last year.
3) How much do the Marlins have to charge for those tickets in order to break even?
Hell, I’ve never heard Chipper call another teammate out like that before — not even Yunel (whom he defended until his last screw up when Troy Glaus could have nearly gotten his wrist broken on a lazy thow to first last year just befoe he was traded). Very interesting comments, especailly about what to do at the trade deadline.
I’m still thinking Heyward might be one of those players that could have been. Injuries this early and consistent in his career are not good over the long haul. But then there’s Chipper himself. Hope I’m very wrong on Jason — that’s an awful big bat to count on in the line up when he’s not in it.
I thought Tommy was better than he has been. But let’s be honest, the PU (plate ump) wasn’t calling hardly anything on the corners until the 9th inning tonight. Pretty tight all night long. Tommy is still a box of chocolates to me — he’s certainly more than good enough when he has it going. Just needs to learn to make quick those adjustments/tweaks during the game.
Another one of those “a win’s a win” games. One thing I noted — the stadium was almost empty. Is it always like that in Florida? Btw, here’s a link to the video of the Harper kiss: http://www.natsinsider.com/2011/06/was-harper-kiss-big-deal.html
Let’s hope that he doesn’t grow up. It would be fun seeing him get plunked.
So I read that Bryce Harper grew up rooting for the Lakers, Cowboys and Yankees. What a frontrunning tool bag. I find that people who inherently root for the best teams in leagues have glaring insecurity issues. They can’t handle loss – not like all of us strong-willed Braves fans.
Jo Bu, I think up to a certain point, and only up to that point, a little team friction can shake players out of a funk. I’m not happy it’s going on, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it gave them an edge and they ripped off a five game winning streak.
Very displeased with Chipper’s remarks, but I’m a little intrigued with what it might produce going forward.
There seems to be a little over reaction or over-sesitivity to Chipper’s remarks. He basicially said that Heyward might have mis-spoken when saying he wanted to be 100%. Heyward would probably agree that 80-90% or some percent would be fine if the pain was minimal. Too many bloggers like to make something out of very little. Chipper was reminding Heyward about how important he is to the team; very controversial. If Chipper liked to speak up negatively about teammates, there were many times/years that there was plenty to work with.
Kimbrel is an amazing pitcher who will be a great closer, but with the numbers Venters is putting up there is not reason he is not closing. All last year he was the projected closer for 2011 and he has done nothing to change that he is untouchable and should get a shot at it… and kimbrel still makes a sick set up man
I think Chipper didnt put down Heyward intentionally he just knows we need him right now and if it were Larry Jones hed rub some dirt on in and play
Chipper wants Heyward to step up and be the leader. From day 1 he has talked about grooming J-Hey for the 3 spot in the order, essentially replacing Chipper. Heyward is nowhere close. I think he’s trying to fire him up, and I hope it works.
I seriously doubt that Chipper is doing anything very deliberate whenever he makes controversial statements to the press. Think back to his retirement comments. Then his unretirement comments. This his kiss my ass comments. Heck, go all the way back to the player strike when he said the concession guys could go walk the picket lines, but the players shouldn’t have to.
Dude just talks. He’s not Curt Schilling or anything, but why anybody would spend much energy analyzing Chipper’s mouth-offs to the press expecting consistency or logic is beyond me. He doesn’t do it that often, and Bobby used to stay on him about doing it at all, but when he does do it, it’s generally irresponsible and just as likely to be way off as right on. (I will admit sometimes he is right on.)
This time, he is way off. Just like when he projects his “taking at bats off” onto every player he sees acting the way HE acts when he takes at bats off. Here, he hears Heyward’s complaints and just assumes, based on his own bumps and scrapes, that he’s got the down-low on Heyward’s shoulder inflammation. But he doesn’t. It’s an error of arrogance that we’ve all run into in life. You have this or that problem and someone says, “oh, yeah, I had that once. I’ll tell ya, whatcha have to do right there is blah blah blah.” People in general don’t consider other people’s experience as unique.
Heyward’s shoulder is not Chipper’s shoulder. Hoss should mind his own business. A 100% Heyward in the second half is what I want, and as long as the Braves are within striking distance, there’s no reason to compromise toward anything else.
“To me that’s the difficult part,” Wren said. “Whether you’re in my position, a manager, a fan, a teammate, you’re not walking in that guy’s shoes. We have no doubt that Jason has discomfort in his shoulder, even though tests show there’s no structural damage. But there’s inflammation in there and it’s sore when he swings. Sure, we could’ve brought him back quicker. But we would be taking the chance that this could linger all year.”
I think Wren’s approach with Jason is the correct one regardless what a few guys in the clubhouse (according to Chipper) might think. The Braves are protecting an asset. Besides, we’ve already seen the results of the other side of this argument (to play him) last season.
It don’t think this Jason thing would be an issue if Uggla were slugging it right now. Sure, there would be those that would say, gee, just think if we had Heyward hitting. But as constructed, the Braves are just depending on his bat alone.
#34 – Forgot about that. It does add another layer to this madness.
Do you think Parrish still has a job because the Braves are above .500 and in 2nd place? I know we’ve been down this road before and the batting instructor can’t hit for them, but seriously, what is there to recommend about Parrish this season? At all.
Now I am definitely on board. Is this a sign of things to come? Was Fredi trying something new or was he just giving Kimbrel a break? I would feel more confident (not sure to what degree) if Venters was our closer. Since we aren’t ever going to score more than three runs a game, it would be nice to have a LOT of confidence in your 9th inning guy.
I like Schafer, but Granderson would be an obvious upgrade in CF. The Dodgers would probably ask for WAY too much for Kemp, and he’s had some years in the past where he’s struggled a bit. He’s just crushing it right now, though, which means if he became a Brave he would go into a career-worst slump and we’d all hate the trade.
It goes back to the question of the starting pitching though. Can the Braves afford to lose Lowe? Are we trading for a pitcher now too? I don’t think you can go into a series with Hudson, Hanson, JJ, Beachy, Minor, Teheran, whatever, and feel anywhere close to certainty that they can win 3 out of 5. They have all had moments where they were brilliant – JJ above all of them. But the others have all had huge stinkers and are apt to get shelled as much as they are to shut a team down. Lowe for Granderson might make you marginally better offensively, but it makes you dramatically worse off with your rotation. Are they holding out some hope that Medlen is coming back?
Not to mention the fact that Minor, Beachy, and Teheran are going to be pretty worn-out by September. I remember Minor saying he felt like he was out of gas when he got called up for his late season starts in 2010.
The only trade I would make would be for bench players and maybe another arm in the pen, unless you can get an absolute difference maker in the lineup.
I think Granderson is a difference maker. Curtis (#74), you left Lowe off of that list of feast or famine kind of guys. I am with Stevie, we will not survive all of these 1 run games and playing 7 out of 15 extra inning games in a row type stuff. As constructed, we will battle for the WC all year and then not make it out of the first round in the post-season.
Ham, I left him off under the auspices that he would be a Yankee at that time. Hudson has been pretty forgettable here recently. Hanson is shaky. I have faith in post-season Lowe to go out and throw a couple of gems like he did against the Giants. I don’t have that faith in many of these other guys.
Adding Granderson and losing Lowe does not clinch the NL East for you. It does not put you into the category of favorite. It’s a wash if nothing else. You won’t be in these low scoring games if you don’t have the pitching. I know this is getting to be a chicken and egg type of thing, but I wouldn’t be so quick to pull that trigger.
I think they’re expecting Meds back at some point this season. I heard Sutton and Powell say it would take longer if he comes back as the starter just because he would have to build up more strength. The Braves were 13-1 in games he started last year. The question is does he make the Braves a better team as a starter or in middle relief? These are all highly debatable subject matters and are perhaps best suited for some talk show type format focusing on Braves’ baseball…
So I was out at a neighborhood bar last night and I swear I looked up and saw someone who looked like Dan Uggla on the base path at some point. Can someone confirm that for me? Otherwise, I was hallucinating.
Mark, I would do a trade in CF if it was for an upgrade over what we already have, which shouldn’t be too hard to find. I wouldn’t trade top tier pitching prospects- Teheran, Minor, Beachy, Delgado, Vizcaino- unless it was for a difference maker. I consider Kemp to be a difference maker. The more I think about Granderson I consider him a difference maker. The one concern I have with Granderson is that all of those homers are coming in Yankee stadium.
This team also needs another guy off the bench who can hit. I have no faith in Hicks, Hernandez, or Conrad. Our bench players see the field a lot, so it would be nice to have some more guys who can handle the bat.
For sure. The best part of his game, imo, is his ability to hit the ball the other way.Far too often you see young players swinging for the fences after they’ve hit a huge bomb. And that was most definitely a huge bomb. His potential is awesome.
I would say that Dan Uggla might have gotten of the schnide last night but we’ve been there a few times before (although he did strike out three other times). Let’s hope he’s on his way back in timing his swing.
Gonna be interesting when Nate McLouth comes back. Jordan has more than earned back his leadoff spot. I don’t see how the Braves can take Jordy out of the line up. I think like this. McLouth won’t be back next year so this season, you play one of them (starting with Schafer) until they stop producing. Kinda like low minor league hockey goalie tandems. But if I had to choose, Schafer is in and McLouth is out. It’s as simple as Jordy has more tools than McLouth does. Schafer also seem to have more fire in his belly and being down in the minors the past two years has made him even more hungry to get back especially after Chipper’s frank conversation with him.
Afterall, this Jordan Schafer is the Jordan Schafer the Braves paid for and expected. He’s grown-up some too which helps a great deal. The Braves paid for a McLouth that just never really panned out the way they hoped.
Schafer’s game reminds me of Kenny Lofton. He’s got a long way to go before he’s putting up Lofton’s numbers, but there is definitely potential with Schafer. Give him the job so you can see what you got.
Didn’t everyone predict a 3-4 week? We’re one win away from going 6-0…
Also I’m a Schafer fan. I don’t know the Braves record with him in the starting line-up but it has to be good. And he’s stolen more bases in a week and a half then anyone else on this team has stolen the entire season. How do you justify benching him?
From Elias: The Braves’ 6-3 victory in Houston on Saturday night not only moved them nine games above .500 for the first time this season, but it lifted the franchise’s all-time record to 9982 wins and 9982 losses. The Braves franchise, of course, was a charter member of the National League in 1876, and the team went 19-19 in its first 38 games that year. Then on July 25, 1876, Boston defeated New York, 11-1, to go to 20-19 – and the team stayed above .500 (high point: 523 games above .500 in April 1903) until June 3, 1923, when the Braves lost to the Brooklyn Dodgers, 7-6, evening Boston’s record at 3084-3084. A 9-7 loss to the Phillies the next day dropped the Braves a game below .500 – and they had stayed below the .500 mark ever since – for over 88 years, until the win over the Astros on Saturday night! The low point came on April 20, 1991, when the Braves lost to the Reds, falling to 526 games below the break-even mark. But that same 1991 team started the big climb back to .500 by winning the National League championship that year; now, 20 years later, the team is back to the .500 mark for the first time since 1923!
Leah – I like that you ask and all, but of course new show. It’s Sunday.
Great, great win today. BTW, I like that everyone is declaring Uggla back after this weekend. He did go 1 – 5 with 3 SO on Friday night. I’m not dissing the Dan, I just think it may be a little early to declare slump over.