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. 76
    Steve Says:

    #74 – I am loving Glavine in the booth. I have since the beginning. Very knowledgeable. Doesn’t force anything and has a decent sense of humor.

  2. 77
    David Says:

    #69 — great question. Gotta be the best since 2003, right? That team had:

    – 6 guys with 20+ HR (and 3 with 30+) (Javy, Giles, Sheffield, Castilla, Chipper, Andruw)
    – 4 guys with 100+ RBI (Javy, Chipper, Andruw, Sheffield)
    – 4 guys with .300+ batting average (Javy, Giles, Chipper, Sheffield)
    – only 1 guy with 100+ Ks (Andruw)
    – 3 guys with 14+ wins (Maddux, Ortiz, and a healthy Hampton)
    – a closer with 55 saves (Smoltz)

    That team also didn’t have the bullpen that this year’s team does, and the starting pitching, while good, wasn’t great — no starter had an ERA under 3.50, or even 3.80 for that matter.

    So, this team is better — at least, more balanced — than 2003’s team, which seems to me to have been the last “great” Braves team. Better than last year’s team, even, which was too banged up to live up to its potential by the end of the season.

    74 — I also really enjoy Tom Glavine’s announcing. He’s SOOOOO much better than Brian Jordan or Ron Gant during the game. Mark Lemke is also awful to listen to on the radio, and Jeff Treadway’s post-game comments are grating. Glavine’s the best ex-Brave-player who is now an announcer.

  3. 78
    Steve Says:

    I like Smoltz on MLB Network games a great deal, too.

  4. 79
    Eric Says:

    It seems I’m in the majority on this, but Glavine always strikes me as dry and boring. I like Smoltz the best of the former Braves.

  5. 80
    Eric Says:

    And by majority, I mean the opposite.

  6. 81
    Curt Says:

    They said last night that Moylan is eligible regardless of when he comes up because he has been on the DL for some time.

  7. 82
    ham Says:

    I think Smoltz tries too hard to be funny, and his jokes are just horrible. #takesonetoknowone.

  8. 83
    Steve Says:

    #82 – He’s not as jokey on the MLB Network and it works better there, imo.

  9. 84
    Steve Says:

    Phillies actually lost today. Time to make it 5.5 back tonight.

  10. 85
    john j Says:

    #74, I also enjoy Glavine and overall the whole Braves experience. Living in Colorado, I also watch a lot of Rockies games on TV. Braves fans are very fortunate as Rockies fans have to endure the most egotistical, self-centered non-stop talker in the history of baseball broadcasts with the former journeyman pitcher George Frazier; he now knows everything there is about the game and about every baseball player in the MLB and what they are doing right and wrong. He never comes up for air; it is like going to a ballgame or concert and having an expert sitting behind you who never shuts up.

    Be thankful that the Braves announcers are a bit low key and don’t talk 100% of the time.

  11. 86
    Frigatedoc Says:

    @ 84

    Steve….I was thinking the same thing. I still think we can win the East.

    We are just as good as any other team ESPECIALLY the Red Sox and Yankees….. On all of the power ranking those two are always placed above the Braves. IMO they only do it because they are afraid of their fans…..

  12. 87
    john j Says:

    Here’s to Lowe making more progress and winning a couple of games. It will help his confidence and the team’s confidence in their number 4/5 starter before the playoffs. Can’t go to a five game playoff series with a likely loss. Right now he is at about $2 million a win! Would like to get that down to a more reasonable (cough, cough) million and a half per win by the end of Sept. Of course, 4 or 5 wins in October and all is forgiven.

  13. 88
    Frigatedoc Says:

    Looks like the Giants picked up Bell…. That is good because the Diamondbacks will not have him now.

    Has anyone seen the “buzz” on Thome maybe going to the Phillies?

  14. 89
    Walker Says:

    Giants just claimed Bell to block him from going to Diamondbacks but they wont acquire him.

    I really hope Lowe doesn’t lose this game for us.

  15. 90
    john j Says:

    Lowe is his usual self. .588 era and .342 BA last 5 starts. looks like those numbers may go up tonight.

  16. 91
    john j Says:

    Thats 5.88 era

  17. 92
    john j Says:

    Wow, is this CY Young pitching for the Cubs? At least they worked the counts in the 6th. Maybe Wells will be out of there soon.

  18. 93
    Leah Says:

    How about some D!

  19. 94
    john j Says:

    kudos to lowe. did his job

  20. 95
    Leah Says:

    Stupid errors.

  21. 96
    Curt Says:

    Heyward sure does seem to take a lot of strikes. And by strikes I mean pitches that are right down the middle. Got to get the bat off of your shoulder in that situation.

  22. 97
    john j Says:

    Is McCann running out of gas? .150 for August or just a bump in the road?

  23. 98
    Walker Says:


    That pitch was on the outside corner.

  24. 99
    Steve Says:

    I was doing my fantasy football draft tonight and missed most of the game.

    Did Lowe legitimately settle down after his rough inning? Did his sinker start to sink, etc?

  25. 100
    Mark in Memphis Says:


    McCann was “locked in” prior to the injury. He didn’t come off the DL with the same “locked in” look and now he seems to be trying to “make it come back” (read -> pressing)…

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