August 21, 2011

Show #161: The Braves Deliver a Statement

An impressive 6 – 1 week, Chipper’s coming back, Bourn’s impact and the triumphant return of the Post Season Hope Meter.



162 Responses to “Show #161: The Braves Deliver a Statement”

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  1. 1
    Frigatedoc Says:

    The Braves are 6.5 games back……would it be greedy to say that we could still win the East?

  2. 2
    Anonymous Says:

    NO not at all. Home field advantage and not playing the Brewers in the first round are great reasons to catch the Phillies. We have 6 games left head to head.

  3. 3
    Pure Says:

    According to, as of today Aug 21 here are the odds for the Braves:
    5.1% chance of winning the Division
    91.0 % of winning the wildcard
    96.1% chance of making the playoffs

  4. 4
    Jo-Bu Says:

    I just hope we’re not peaking too early. I hope we can maintain a steady course over the next two months by winning games in different ways.

    I’ve said this before and it’s worth repeating. I think we would have won the WS last season if we were healthy. Even still with our bench playing last season we still gave the Giants all they could handle as I thought the NL West was pretty weak. But again, it’s all about who’s hot at that point of the year.

  5. 5
    Walker Says:

    Great Show and Great no trade by Wren

    Over his last four starts, Mike Minor is 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA and 28 strikeouts.

    Carlos Beltran- On DL .244 0 HR 2 RBI

    Oh and I disagree about Planet of the Apes. I thought it was really fun to watch. Great movie. The Help was also good. Captain America was the only bad movie I saw this summer.

  6. 6
    Leah Says:

    I haven’t had a chance to listen yet but just have to say Walker, you haven seen Cars 2 have you?

  7. 7
    DAP Says:

    guys, last year, chipper made a definitive statement that he was retiring. he has gone back and forth a few times.

    i hope he does return next year, and i think he will, but his “definitive statement” about it doesnt meant hat much to me.

  8. 8
    DAP Says:

    jo-bu, i dont think we are peaking to early, i just think we are peaking again…at a really good time too.

    the braves have played this well at several different points this season already. this is simply a continuation with a few new faces. this team, clearly, is capable of alot.

  9. 9
    Steve Says:

    #7 – Agreed. As I said on the show, I don’t think he wants to be questioned about it as they head to the post season.

  10. 10
    Anne Says:

    Pure – LOVE Comment #2!

  11. 11
    Walker Says:

    No I haven’t seen cars 2 yet. Just saw Rango and laughed the whole time.

  12. 12
    Mark in Memphis Says:


    I think the fact that we are close enough that the head-to-head games can give us a chance to win the NL East will help us not be “complacent” going into the playoffs (i.e. something to play for). I think I heard a quote from Charlie Manuel about that with the Phils having such a large lead on Atlanta (a week or so ago)…

  13. 13
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    This just in:

    Jered Weaver, a Scott Boras client, signed a deal w/ going to the free agent market.

    There still may be hope for JJ yet (if we don’t trade him for something else we need)…

  14. 14
    Mark in Memphis Says:


    Should have been “signed a deal w/o going to the free agent market”…

  15. 15
    Steve Says:

    #13 – JJ or Bourn.

  16. 16
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    OBTW – something that was missed from the week…

    The Braves actually hit well against a pitcher making his first major league start! HOW UNUSUAL!

  17. 17
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Talk about ridiculous:

    Mentioned on today’s Baseball Today podcast:

    Hitters are 11 for their last 101 w/ 53 strikeouts against Kimbrell
    Hitters are 8 for their last 72 against Venters

  18. 18
    Steve Says:

    Heyward not starting tonight. And have you seen Constanza’s BA/OBP/SLG the past 6 games?: .176 .263 .176. And there’s a righty going for the Cubs. It wasn’t too early to get Mac in there yesterday to get used to catching Hudson again in prep for the playoffs. When is the team going to give Heyward that same chance. This is nuts.

  19. 19
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Talk about a turn-around (from a DOB article):

    Uggla’s slugging percentage in his past 41 games is 152 points higher than his on-base-plus-slugging percentage in his first 41 games.

  20. 20
    john j Says:

    #18, Steve, u r absolutely right. A right hander should mean Heyward is in the game. As if he isn’t demoralized enough? Is Fredi trying to ruin the guy?

  21. 21
    john j Says:

    There is always a chance that Fredi doesn’t know right from left!

  22. 22
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Hayward fans just might see him as Georgie just rolled his ankle.

  23. 23
    Mark in Memphis Says:


    I can’t believe you put a hex on Georgie…

    You got your wish. After rolling his ankle at that speed, I imagine Jason will be starting tomorrow, if not for two or three days…

  24. 24
    Steve Says:

    I stepped away for 30 minutes – holy hell! What happened? Description, please.

  25. 25
    Leah Says:

    #24 I didn’t see it but you will be tarred an feathered.

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