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.
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)…
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.
Georgie sprained his knee after slipping in the huge pool of bile that you have hosed him down with every week Steve. (Curt, since you don’t have a gall bladder, you are in the clear on this).
Actually, fluke play at first. I have to agree though that Heyward should definitely have started this game, without question. But now with Georgie out for a few games, this is his chance.
We are really firing on all cylinders now. JJ looks good. Great bullpen. Awesome power from our horses. Alex Gonzalez just striking out instead of hitting into DP’s (while playing stellar defense). I am insulted that we are only number 5 in the new Power Rankings (although I had not realized that the Brewers had won something like 23 of 25 – even more reason to win the East.)
I hope Georgie gets well however with this huge wild card lead there is no excuse to not start Heyward and get him going again. Heyward in the lineup pushes Gonzalez down to the 8th spot and Heyward will be up in these RBI situations. Starting him everyday should at least make him halfway decent for the playoffs which is a huge bonus for us. I would be happy if he just hits .260 with pop from now on.
Great show. You guys make me laugh. I love the way the team is playing although the longer J-Hey struggles the more concerned I become. Do a lot of players slump during their sophomore year? Where’s Bub when ya need him.
I think it can be attributed to a high level of talent can get you through the minor leagues and can get you through a year at the majors… however, major league teams have people who can do nothing but scout players. And when one team tries something that works on you (as a batter), you can bet the rest of the league will know about it soon and will do the same thing.
As for Heyward, there are some things going on to worry about:
line-drive percentage – 17.8 percent in 2010 to 13.9 percent in 2011
infield pop-ups – 8.4 percent to 24.7 percent
batting average on balls in play – .335 to .245 (some bad luck involved)
swinging at 44.8 percent of pitches overall, up from 39.4 percent last year
swinging at 28.7 percent out of the zone vs. last year 24.2 percent
He is hitting fewer line drives and more pop-ups and seems to have lost control of the strike zone (not my research or words – from an article).
The last part (“losing control of the strike zone”), I figure, is due to frustration with the rest; ironically, it is the one thing that has NOTHING to do with mechanics…
ESPN has Alex as the number one defensive infielder in all of baseball. They are basing that on the new defensive stats that I can’t claim to understand. But I think it may be worth having subpar offense at Short Stop if we get that kind of defense.
If your gallbladder has been removed, the bile moves from the liver straight to the bile duct and through to the small intestine. Since the bile has nowhere to be stored, this process happens continuously with the bile being released in a slow trickle.
Good times all around. FINALLY listened to the show (Thanks, Curt!) Walter Banks is still workin’ the ushering gig…I think he’s in the section just behind the Braves on-deck circle. That guy should use some shade…I’d move up a section if I were him! Dude in my office was just saying at the coffee pot this morning that it’s so great to see Freddie Freeman doing so well, and pointed out (I’m sure it’s been said here before) that it’s so much like McCann/Francoeur where McCann stepped out of the shadow to be great…and now Freeman/Heyward, same thing.
Went to bed last night at 5-0 and was shocked but relieved to see 5-4. Whew! GO BRAVES…up with the hope meter!!
I’ve been thinking of what Steve said about Chipper just saying he’s coming back to keep the media at bay as we head toward post-season. Maybe he wants to bookend his career with division titles (didn’t we win one in 1993)?
If anyone cares……. This time in 2002 Smoltz had 45 saves and Kimbrel has 40 (and he is a rookie..wow)
I think I know the answer to this. Are the “September call ups” included in the Post season roster? I suppose they are elligible…… With that being said with all of our pitching, who stays and who goes? Delgado, Minor, Beachy? What kind of rotation? Does Lowe make the post season roster? (Of course he does!)
In the interview after the game last night with Heyward were the words “that is not relevant to the conversation” go through anyones head?
#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.
#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.
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…..
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.
So Hanson is on his way back to Atlanta to have his shoulder “looked at” again? Did they look at it the first time?
From a medical perspective guys, things do not look good for Tommy. (Not to insult anyones intelligence here). Recurring rotator cuff tendonitis usually reflects a deeper issue, maybe mechanical or related to a different part of the shoulder. I hope he does not have a tear….but all things point that way. My guess is that he is done for the season…..AND this is may hinder him in the long run. Too bad…..he sure was pitching great.
Well, it does appear that Jason is having more “good at-bats with nothing to show for it” (like his line drive into the left field corner that the LF made a good play on – he is starting to hit the ball to all fields – will take time to be consistant with it – something Gonzalez doesn’t do)…
Well, “With Gonzo, it’s always a pop up or a weak ground out” is somewhat unfair to him as well. He is definitely a “streaky” hitter. He REALLY seems to hit well against the fish (who let him go)… And he will go into a tear where he will hit a home run every other game for a few, then it seems like he “tries to hit home runs” and then he goes into the tank a bit.
Would love to see him try to hit to all fields instead of pulling everything… Maybe “shorten up” on his bat with two strikes and just spray the ball…
Maybe seeing what Larry and Chipper are doing for Jason will “rub off” on him a little…
Just being wise guy in #127. Overall, I am happy with Gonzo defense and when he hits 8th in the order. I don’t like it when he is moved up in the lineup after a good game as he then reverts to not hitting.
So (like most of us East Coasters) I get to experience a Hurricane AND an Earthquake in the same week. (And I am not talking about Hockey and Soccer teams.) Where the F do I live? Is this the end of times?
Hanson has a small undersurface rotator cuff tear. The Braves said this condition is commonly found in pitchers’ shoulders and does not need to be repaired surgically. This latest exam also confirmed that his labrum and the remainder of his shoulder appeared to be structurally sound.
#155 – Hell yeah. I love a ton of Coen Bros. movies, but Miller’s Crossing may be my all time favorite. John Turturro never needed to make another movie in his life after that one because it was absolute perfection.
On an unrelated note, all this not playing baseball absolutely sucks.