hey guys, nice show. i agree with you guys on chipper. he was the right guy to deliver the message, and he did it in the right way. he complimented heyward, he didnt slam him.
im surprised there isnt a bit more optimism though. 10 games over .500 with the entire starting OF on the DL, plus the other lineup issues that havent gone our way…that impressive. you mentioned the phillies were playing well…but they are playing the cubs, who are just as bad as the astros!!!
Chipper was angry that ESPN (I think) added a headline to his comments of “Chipper calls out Heyward”. He said that was not the tone of his comments. He was just making statements about how much the team needed Heyward.
However, McLouth should replace Henske so he can go back to the bench. Henske was exposed to the league as being vunerable to a good breaking ball pitcher… not something you want opponets to know about your best hitter. With the pitching staff we have, defense is much more important than what we are getting in offense between Henske and McLouth. Maybe putting Nate back in the 8th hole ahead of Schafer/Uggla/Chipper/McCann, etc. will get us some runs later in games and allow the pitcher to bunt more…
yeah, bad news about prado being DLed, but good news is that schafer will still have some time to continue getting starts in the OF, even when mclouth comes back. until mclouth, heyward, and prado are all healthy and back, i think schafer should get regular playing time to give him a chance to see what he’s got.
Great show! The Chipper comments about Heyward were blown way outta proportion. Heyward is mature enough to realize that. I think Uggla’s back! Of course I thought he’d return in FL and I was way wrong. Jim Powell was saying Freeman could have ripped the callus off the base of his hand where the bat rubs it. I guess sometimes a blood blister can developed. All hear say folks…go Braves!
I like the spark Shafer’s been providing at the top of the line-up. I don’t think it’s reflected in his numbers, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if McLouth is the 4th outfielder when the Braves are at full strength.
Looking at Uggla’s performance in Florida, I bet he was pressing there… *you always want to do well against your old team, especially when they decided not to keep you. That on top of his “struggles” probably didn’t bode well for him. Maybe after that, when he got to Houston, him relaxing a little combined with getting better pitches to hit with Chipper and McCann hitting behind him translated into a better performance.
M in M, #4: I can’t argue with the numbers you’ve posted. The only point I was making (just speaking for me here) is that Heyward was putting up some of the best numbers in baseball at the start of the year in 2010 and then the thumb injury came and he fell off – compared to the unbelievable start. It was not a criticism. Just stating that we got robbed of the “true” Heyward b/c of the injuries. And, despite his good numbers overall, there were weeks that he’d just disappear (again, presumably, because of his injuries).
Alright, I am now more open to trading Lowe! I must admit, however, that I am now sceptical of anyone’s great numbers continuing after coming to the Braves. I would trade Lowe for another Hinske and another Moylan. Also I now must recall my blind support for Kimbrel. If Venters had 22 straight saves, that would be pretty cool.
The rest of this week is HUGE. This could be where the Braves keep pace or really, really slip back. If they don’t take the next two from the Mets…I see a possible 1-6 or 2-5 week. Not good. And I completely agree with Nate. Can somebody PLEASE get the Braves working on getting their obliques in shape? Good Gravy.
Are we going to have baseball tonight? I’ve been meaning to mention, “Downcast” is a great app to help manage podcasts. It automatically downloads new ones from iTunes and has lots of scrubbing features.
Terry Collins is a jerk. I officially don’t like him. Hell be fired in two years for being what he’s been all along. A mediocre manager. Here’s what he said about the wet field yesterday.
“You alter the field according to your team,” Collins told reporters. “These [Braves] guys do not steal bases…[Jordan] Schafer is about the only guy. They’re a fly-ball hitting team. They’re not a groundball hitting team. So the field was overly wet. I don’t know what to say, except I’d like to move the fences back when we play against [Florida slugger Mike] Stanton, but we can’t.”
If Terry Collins is shocked that a team alters their field to suit their play, he’s a dolt. So do the Mets. You cut the grass a certain way, you water it a certain way, you have the AC blow out when Kirby Puckett is up to hit a game winning homer in game 6 of the F-ing World Series. It’s called homefield advantage, jerk off. And guess what, you won the game despite all of that. Shut up.
C’mon on Bravos, let’s salvage this last game. I’ve got to tell you, it was lain gruesome at the ballpark Wednesday night. The Braves looked awful. The at-bats were a joke. I know you can’t get too overly high or low game to game but…. Last night was really tough.
Hopefully the Hanson news is not too bad. Looking forward to Delgado.
Great, now Chipper might be going down just as his dad gave him some advice that seemed to have helped him in the past week.
Me thinks this Texas series is going to be miserable but hopefully tonight is a sign of a momentum shift back to good baseball. When the Phillies get hot (they’ve won 7 in a row now) they usually stay hot. At least we’re one game up on the Red Birds in the Wildcard.
Ah oh: Texas RHP Colby Lewis is 0-2 sporting a 28.93 ERA.
I sure hope this doesn’t mean that the MLB Network is going to have the Live Lookin going with the “Developing Story” graphic around the 5th inning tomorrow night reporting on Lewis pitcing a no hitter or a perfect game.
I hope the Braves are patient and evaluate or pitchers carefully. I would hate for us to look back 5 years from now and see that we traded the wrong people and kept the wrong people. Pence isn’t that good to be trading the whole farm away. Maybe Kemp is though.
Hanson – Unorthodox delivery. Certain arm trouble
JJ- Boras client will be leaving in a couple years.
Medlen- Probably more of a bullpen guy.
Lowe- 37 and declining
Hudson- 35 and declining
Beachy, Minor, Delgado, Tehran- unproven
I wonder if Chipper will use his bully pulpit to call out Heyward for not running out that ball tonight that might have plated another run? Probably not because afterall 80% of Heyward [which is exactly what he gave jogging down to first] is…
At least Brian Jordan did: That’s something you learn in the Minor Leagues.
That pisses me off to no end and that’s not Braves baseball — I hope Fredi said something to him after he got back to the dugout or at least stared him down.
Yeah, I’ll tell ya something about Brian Jordan — say what you will about his lacking verbal skills but I love listening to him, especailly when he’s behind the mic at the GWT games where he really lays it out for folks to think about. He really tells it like it is.
When BJ called out Chipper last year, the man was probably right. Jordan was an NHL football player and knows a thing or two about conditioning, playing hurt, being injured, and knowing the difference of each. So I really think BJ knew what he was talking about last year — even though he had to call Chipper up and smooth things over a bit.
I didn’t really expect them to win but it was sad anyway. I missed Anne…also sad ( stupid smart phone blockers). Hamilton’s on my fantasy team so they obviously had a pretty good night. Final thought: Matthew Kaminski has become one of my favorite parts of The Ted.
Amazing how our wins seem to come in the tooth and nail, have the chips fall our way, type of fashion, while the losses are just ass kickings. Not a trend I am fond of. And way to totally give back the 6-1 week.
Out of Meds, Beachy, Minor, Teheran, and Delgado, I think Meds and Beachy are obviously best suited for the rotation next year. Julio and Randall look like they could use some more seasoning. Minor has impressed me the least. Steve’s right about Meds last year. The Braves were 13-1 when he started. That’s insane. He’s the anti-KK.
If you trade Lowe the rotation goes from a huge strength to a huge question mark, imo. It sounds to me like Meds is best suited for the pen this year because it will be easier for him to come back quicker. I’m all for him in the rotation next year.
P.S. never even mentioned Vizcaino. Our pitching depth is stupid.
You are correct, Steve. In fact, the point was made in today’s broadcast that the Braves an the Phillies are the only two teams left that haven’t been swept this season. I don’t remember if they said that it is MLB-wide or just in the Senior Circuit.