July 15, 2012

Show #192: Our Interview with Craig Calcaterra

Craig Calcaterra of hardballtalk.com talks Janish, Sheets, starting pitching acquisitions and the DH in the NL.  Plus Chipper in the All Star Game.

 

 

236 Responses to “Show #192: Our Interview with Craig Calcaterra”

  1. 1
    Walker Says:

    Great interview guys. I’m excited about the team right now. And I agree with you guys about Chipper. Here you have a Number 1 draft pick, 6’3 switch hitting stud who who spends 20+ years with 1 organization and becomes an all time great HOFamer. It’s an extreme, EXTREME rarity. Especially nowadays. People are starting to realize that. And it will be so weird not to see him listed on the roster next year.

    On another note, back to that Teixeira trade. The only problem I have with that trade is that Schuerholz traded BOTH Feliz and Harrison. Yunel was blocking Andrus, McCann was blocking Salty. However, giving away two blue chip pitching prospects instead of one was over the top. But we had had the potential to have Teixeira for a year and a half but it just didn’t turn into a championship. Mostly because of our bad pitching.

    I posted the Chipper video with his boys. Here is the link again:

    http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=22977235&c_id=mlb&topic_id=vtp_asg_sponsor

  2. 2
    Steve Says:

    @1- Walker. Thanks for posting that video. Everyone, stop what you’re doing right now and watch it.

  3. 3
    Jo Bu Says:

    I agree on Hanson. He’s been here over three seasons with some improvement but I still get that tinge of doubt everytime he takes the mound. Too many air-outs vs. ground outs makes me nervous alone. Like I say, he’s much better these days but I still get that uncomfortable feeling when he climbs the hill for some reason.

  4. 4
    Anne Says:

    @1 – even I loved the Chipper n Sons video. “My laundry” shall become my new non-curse phrase.

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    Shaun Says:

    Greinke’s BABIP is .338. The Brewers are next to last in Defensive Efficiency (percentage of balls in play converted in to outs) and they are somewhere between below average and near the bottom in nearly every other telling defensive metric.

    In July Greinke’s BABIP is. 378. Of the 20 hits he’s given up in July, 3 have been homeruns, 4 have been doubles and 1 has been a triple. He’s struck out 15 and walked 6 in 14 innings.

    The Brewers’ defense looks like a significant factor in Greinke’s recent struggles.

    I’m with Calcaterra. I wouldn’t give up more than one of Teheran, Delgado or Minor but I would give up one plus some lesser prospects for Greinke.

    The Braves, by the way, are above average in Defensive Efficiency and lead the league in Defensive Runs Saved and UZR and UZR/150.

  6. 6
    George Says:

    Two lefties & Vogelsong against SF & Nats…tough week.

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    Steve Says:

    @5 – Shaun – have you seen the news today that they are skipping Greinke’s next start and haven’t announced when he’ll start again? Troubling.

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    Shaun Says:

    Steve @7, you never know. Could be just because he started last Saturday, last Sunday, then again on Friday. I know he got ejected very early in his start last Saturday, but he still went through all the warm-ups, etc.

  9. 9
    Steve Says:

    @8 – I’m accused of being the half glass full guy on the show, but I buy none of that. They are concerned about something.

  10. 10
    Curt Says:

    First pitcher to start 3 straight games since something like 1917. Here’s betting that guy threw a lot more innings than Grienke did in his 3 starts.

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    Shaun Says:

    At this point I suspect the Brewers are being overly cautious because of how much trade value Greinke has. If they can assure teams he’s not injured, you have to figure their caution may actually reassure teams and help increase his value just a tiny bit. Then you factor in that pushing him back could give him an extra start with his new team he wouldn’t otherwise make.

    But of course I wouldn’t be surprised if we learn about an injury later.

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    Shaun Says:

    This may come as a surprise to no one but I also wouldn’t mind the DH in both leagues. Interesting to hear Craig’s thoughts. I think arguments on both sides are purely about personal preference. And I, for one, even though I grew up on National League ball watching the Braves, prefer watching 9 players who can hit to a certain standard over watching 8 hitters and 1 guy who is paid to pitch to a certain standard, regardless of how bad he hits.

  13. 13
    Steve Says:

    @12 – Sorry Shaun, but that makes you a bad person. Just kidding (mostly).

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    Walker Says:

    The DH is coming. It’s inevitable. Enjoy it while you can Steve. After 15 years of watching Major League baseball I am slowly growing tired of these non competitive at bats at the end of the batting order.

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    Shaun Says:

    Steve @13, I’ve been called worse. I’m a bad person for a multitude of reasons.

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    Kate Says:

    If we had the DH in the NL it would make me feel a lot better about giving Mac a big contract.

  17. 17
    Frigatedoc Says:

    Best quote of the week “A dead man threw 6 shut out innings.”

  18. 18
    Walker Says:

    I swear Bobby Valentine an Ozzie Guillen are freaking nut jobs. LOL

    I still love you Ozzie. Not you Bobby.

    And I wouldn’t hire either of them.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Been out of the loop, finally got to listen to the show: one of the best shows ever, in my opinion. Probably my favorite guest you’ve had.

    My favorite part: Craig says, “It’s usually manger-driven”

    Steve lets out the most loaded “mmmm” in the history of podcasts.

    DH ought to be instilled in the NL. It’s the way the game should have been drawn up to begin with.

    “Why should pitcher’s bat? They can’t hit.” Exactly.

    Curt, really enjoyed your comments on Kansas City.

    In Zito’s 5 games against Atlanta, he has put up a ridiculous .184 batting average against, but a .188 baBIP seems to be the culprit. 2.45 ERA against us. Plus this Braves offense is pretty potent. For what it’s worth, I’ve never seen a pitcher with less of a lefty-righty split. Batting average, OPS, K/BB, all that stuff is almost exaclty the same for his career. We haven’t faced him since 2010 unless I’m overlooking it on baseball ref. In that game he K’d 10 Braves and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in a no-decision.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    ^ that last paragraph is wonky because I was doing two things at once. Sorry if it made anyone’s eyes cross.

  21. 21
    Steve Says:

    @19 – Thanks, Bub. It was one of those shows that felt really good as we were doing it. And yeah, Craig is great.

  22. 22
    Anne Says:

    “Show felt good as we were doing it.” TWSS. Monday came and went, and we didn’t lose. GO BRAVES!!!

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    Curt Says:

    That and he agrees with everything I have been saying about Medlen.

  24. 24
    Steve Says:

    I know it’s only the 2nd inning, but let’s get a freaking hit. Looks like a Monday out there.

  25. 25
    Walker Says:

    Letting Posey beat us is a no no. Cmon JJ.

  26. 26
    Steve Says:

    It is grim out there so far. JJ not sharp. Neither are the gloves or the bats.

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    Anne Says:

    Double U Tee Eff.

  28. 28
    ham Says:

    Just saw the score. Is it as bad as it looks? Is it worse? (if that’s possible)

  29. 29
    Walker Says:

    On a more fun note. Who else is excited for The Dark Knight Rises?

  30. 30
    Steve Says:

    @28 – It was worse. JJ was extremely hittable. The offense was flat and the defense was sloppy. Seriously, it was an absolute train wreck.

  31. 31
    Steve Says:

    @29 – Crazy, crazy excited. Going to re-watch the second movie this week to be all primed up for the new one.

  32. 32
    Bubdylan Says:

    #29, pretty excited, but expecting it to be suuuuuper bleak. #31, we’re watching Batman Begins a bit each day as we treadmill, and then we’re gonna watch TDK the night before we go. I forgot how much I like Batman Begins. It’s fashionable to claim to like it more than TDK, and I dunno if I can say that, but I may like it just as much.

  33. 33
    Curt Says:

    Already bought my tickets for Sunday. IMAX baby

  34. 34
    Steve Says:

    @32 – I watched Batman Begins a couple of months ago. Loved it all over again. But was a tiny bit surprised that it had some goofy, cliche lines in it like any standard super hero fare. Not a criticism, just surprising. I don’t remember TDK that well either having only seen it once in the theatres, but I’m betting there’s none of that in there.

    Just read something that Nolan based the Liam Neeson character on Bin Laden, btw.

  35. 35
    Walker Says:

    I can’t wait. I love Batman. I just love the that he’s a mortal being, but he still maximizes human potential to it’s fullest. He’s a super athletic, billionaire genius, who knows Martial arts. You can’t get much better than that.

    Please ignore my nerd moment.

  36. 36
    Bubdylan Says:

    re: TDKR, I gotta admit that an early round of Rotten Tomatoes reviews has chilled my expectations a bit. Not so much the handful of negative reviews, but the tentative positive ones. He’s built up so much good faith with the first two movies that faint praise is particularly damning.

    And this is where I confess that, in spite of finding Nolan among the best working directors (I’ve been with him since his bleakest, The Following, pre-Memento), I find him more viscerally than intellectually satisfying, and the more explicit he gets about his actual ideas, the less I can go along for the ride. And it sounds lots of explicit ideas got baked into this one. Still looking forward to it, but less so.

    Good luck to you parental types; it’s gonna be super-heavy all the way through.

  37. 37
    Bubdylan Says:

    Walker, it’s not a nerdy comment. As Jerry Seinfeld says, when boys read comic book stories, those aren’t fantasies; they’re options.

  38. 38
    Walker Says:

    Thanks Bub. I’m not expecting it to be better than The Dark Knight so I guess I won’t be disappointed.

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    Curt Says:

    Count me among the few who was a little disappointed with the Dark Knight. Good, yes. Earth shifting (as many wanted me to believe), not even close. And Nolan falls there for me. Entertaining as can be, but I’m always feeling a little bit was missing in the film. See Inception.

    Memento was great, though. Great concept.

  40. 40
    Walker Says:

    I couldn’t stand Inception.

  41. 41
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wren, you have from now until the 6th inning to trade Mike Minor at peak value. Get ‘er done. (That marks the first time in my life I’ve typed “get ‘er done.” I’ve entered a strange frontier.)

  42. 42
    Bubdylan Says:

    Lord, Prado. Whatchu swingin’ at??

  43. 43
    Bubdylan Says:

    The underrated Nolan film, for me, is Insomnia, which is particularly smashing on Blu-ray.

  44. 44
    Bubdylan Says:

    onnnnnneeeeee seeeeeventyyyyyy threeeeeeeeeee….

  45. 45
    ham Says:

    Lead off doubles against Minor scare me.

  46. 46
    Curt Says:

    here we go. it must be the 4th or the 5th inning

  47. 47
    Bubdylan Says:

    Melky and Francisco providing all the offense. The Battle of Recovering Slobs.

  48. 48
    Bubdylan Says:

    Got a good feeling about this inning for Atlanta.

    There’s a walk for Heyward, good start. Get ‘im, boys.

  49. 49
    Nate Says:

    @47, winner gets a free pass to the Andruw Jones All You Can Eat Post Game Sandwich Buffet (chips and beer not included)

  50. 50
    Walker Says:

    Joe Simpson is hating hard on Melky. Jealous much?

  51. 51
    Bubdylan Says:

    Two outs now, and Dan Kuggla up. Good feeling’s gone.

  52. 52
    Bubdylan Says:

    I love Dan Uggla, but this is the most I’ve hated seeing one player come to bat since Frenchy was here. Another freaking hat trick. It’s nauseating.

  53. 53
    Bubdylan Says:

    For some reason, I find this one of the most frustrating games of the year so far. It would sure do my feelings some good if they’d scratch out a win here.

  54. 54
    Walker Says:

    Whats wrong with this offense?

  55. 55
    Mike Says:

    We’ll put some runs up in the eighth. I can feel it.

  56. 56
    Leah Says:

    Uggla’s gonna come through here. I’m feelin’ it.

  57. 57
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, that’s gas.

  58. 58
    Bubdylan Says:

    Yes, Giants, if you want to give us this game, we will take it. Please continue.

  59. 59
    Bubdylan Says:

    No pressure, Yanish.

  60. 60
    Bubdylan Says:

    %$#@.

  61. 61
    Leah Says:

    Choppiny ass off here…come on Braves!

  62. 62
    Leah Says:

    *choppin my

  63. 63
    Adam Says:

    uh…yes I would rather have Bourn hit instead of Pastornicky. Thanks?

  64. 64
    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh my goodness, did Fredi just outmanage someone???? I think he did!

    Come on, Bourn, it’s a once in a lifetime chance.

  65. 65
    Bubdylan Says:

    This game is some motherlaund’ring bull-laundry.

  66. 66
    Mike Says:

    So, will this game be over before or after midnight?

  67. 67
    Bubdylan Says:

    I hope so. 8)

  68. 68
    Adam Says:

    Oh Chipper…

  69. 69
    Mike Says:

    ditto 68

  70. 70
    Leah Says:

    What the heck was that?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    ditto 69

    Heh…

  72. 72
    Bubdylan Says:

    If Melky hits a GS right here… I’m just saying … just saying … if he does … I’m done with baseball.

  73. 73
    Walker Says:

    I had to laugh after that Chipper toss. It was painful laughter but it was still laughter.

  74. 74
    Bubdylan Says:

    Still just one out in this nightmare. Unbelievable.

  75. 75
    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, hey, Gregor Blanco! Couldn’t they get hold of Frenchy for today’s game? Doesn’t Greg Norton play for them? Couldn’t HE come out and jack up the score a little? No? Corky Miller? Wake up, San Francisco. #$%^ me runnin’.

  76. 76
    Bubdylan Says:

    Five dollars says we load the bases and lose 3-2.

  77. 77
    will Says:

    p followed by oop

    pretty good pitching duel but not ending well

  78. 78
    Leah Says:

    Steve’s 5-2 prediction not looking so swimmingly just now.

  79. 79
    Adam Says:

    Mc-FREAKIN-CAN!!!!!

  80. 80
    Adam Says:

    I thought we were dead in the water. wow.

  81. 81
    Bubdylan Says:

    WHAT THE … AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

  82. 82
    will Says:

    nice catch by kid in orange shirt

  83. 83
    Leah Says:

    Oh StrUggla. Bless him.

  84. 84
    Mike Says:

    Chipper lobbed that ball over McCann’s head so Brian could tie the game in the bottom of the inning.

  85. 85
    Bubdylan Says:

    If, and only if, we win this game, that error by Chipper Jones will be one of the highlights of the year.

  86. 86
    Bubdylan Says:

    Vavaro for more than 33 pitches, when he’s clearly losing control? That’s your plan, Fredi? I know we’re stretched thin, but isn’t there someone?

  87. 87
    Adam Says:

    Goodbye

  88. 88
    Bubdylan Says:

    I just died. I’m dead. I don’t know how I’m typing this. I’m not alive.

  89. 89
    will Says:

    tip. hat. vomit.

  90. 90
    Bubdylan Says:

    YAY!! GREGOR BLANCO!!! YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY
    YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY
    YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!! CAN I HAVE SOME

    MOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRE, PLEASE????!!!!!!

  91. 91
    Bubdylan Says:

    We got this.

  92. 92
    Jo Bu Says:

    Well, that’s our 2012 Bravos: Win 7 lose 4, win 3 lose 2. streaky .500 team.
    I still love my Braves but geez are they hard to watch.

  93. 93
    Leah Says:

    I love Braves fans getting fired up about something. I hope Melky gets booed, then plunked.

  94. 94
    Shaun Says:

    Of course possible drama going on when most of us are at work!

    By the way, was Juan Francisco any less shameless than Melky? Just want to throw that out there. But admittedly Melky did a few more antics.

  95. 95
    Curt Says:

    Francisco is a short timer. He won’t stick acting like that.

    And according to Chipper:

    “That’s Melky. And that’s why he’s not here anymore… It won’t be forgotten.”

    …there are reasons beyond the fact that he sucked and he was fat that Melky isn’t here anymore as well.

  96. 96
    Walker Says:

    Thats nice to think Chipper, but if Melky hit .300 25 HR .400 OBP and a 1.000 OPS. He would still be here. Trust me.

  97. 97
    Nate Says:

    Just beat ‘em on the field, IMO.

  98. 98
    Kate Says:

    I’ve never hated a player as much as I hate Melky.

  99. 99
    Leah Says:

    Kate, I’m with ya. Nate, that’s no fun.

  100. 100
    Walker Says:

    We are playing the Nationals soon. No need for this team to be hung up on Melky. Melky isn’t getting us into the playoffs.

  101. 101
    Curt Says:

    Neither is our starting pitching

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    Bubdylan Says:

    #101: this.

    And if we do snag a WC spot and spend up Hudson in a one-game play off, then we get to face someone’s Ace, #2, and #3 with some collection of Hanson, Jurrjens, Sheets, and Minor. That might be the worst post-season pitching line-up I’ve ever seen (again, subtracting Hudson, who wouldn’t be available at the top).

    It’s a shame. With Beachy and Vizcaino, we’d have enough to back up a Bourn-led line-up. But next year, when they come back, no Bourn and no Chipper. I’m afraid this team is doomed to flirt with greatness and never get there.

  103. 103
    ham Says:

    I would like to propose that we give up Delgado, Minor and a couple more prospects (as many as it takes) to go after Felix Hernandez. Don’t you think that the M’s could be persuaded that they are sellers? Also, I think he is signed through 2014, so we would get two seasons after this one before we had to worry about resigning.

    Am I crazy? Could we even put together a package that would make the M’s interested? Should we?

  104. 104
    Walker Says:

    @ Ham

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/120718tripleplay/seattle-mariners-consider-trading-felix-hernandez

  105. 105
    ham Says:

    Walker, why you gotta crush a brother’s dream like that? Facts shmacts.

  106. 106
    Walker Says:

    How big is this series. Well with a four game series, the Braves could leave Washington at best one-half game up in first place, or at worst, 7 ½ games back. Thats a HUGE swing.

  107. 107
    Bubdylan Says:

    Has anybody seen a comprehensive list of the victims of the Aurora shooting?

  108. 108
    Adam Says:

    great start. ugh.

  109. 109
    Ham Says:

    Oh dear . . .

  110. 110
    Curt Says:

    Yeah, team

  111. 111
    Curt Says:

    Bub, I don’t think they have identified any if not all of the victims yet.

  112. 112
    Bubdylan Says:

    Tommy’s got a lot of wins for a guy with a 4 and a quarter ERA.

  113. 113
    Curt Says:

    I feel like I am stealing that $20

  114. 114
    Adam Says:

    How much longer is Simmons out for?

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    Curt Says:

    Of course they have 2 on and 2 outs and get Morse. We get Janish and Hanson

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    Bubdylan Says:

    #114, why? Can he pitch?

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    Curt Says:

    Guess it doesn’t matter if it is Janish and Hanson or Chipper and Freeman. Suck

  118. 118
    Bubdylan Says:

    It’s weird how much frustration I feel towards a team that’s 8-2 over it’s last ten games.

  119. 119
    Adam Says:

    We’re 0-8 with RISP this game and it’s only the 4th inning.

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    Steve Says:

    @118 – because this is a pretty damn big series. And to give up 3 in the first and squander a bunch of opportunities afterward. Frustrating as hell so far.

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    Curt Says:

    And good night

  122. 122
    Walker Says:

    We have inconsistent starters and 3 black holes in the lineup. Go get Dempster or Grienke now and Andrelton please hurry.

  123. 123
    Walker Says:

    Never say die

  124. 124
    Adam Says:

    And in the 9th we have Uggla, Janish, and a pinch hitter…at least we came close.

  125. 125
    Bubdylan Says:

    Well… this is something anyway.

    I hate hope.

  126. 126
    Bubdylan Says:

    Adam, If Uggla gets on (HHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA), I expect we’ll see a PH for Janish as well. Not that that’s a great improvement.

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    Adam Says:

    Holy cow. That’s a gift.

  128. 128
    Bubdylan Says:

    Holy smokes. Are the Nats melting down?

  129. 129
    Bubdylan Says:

    David Ross, you are a beautiful, beautiful man, and I have always loved you. Please, please, please, please, please do something good here. Please, my love.

  130. 130
    Bubdylan Says:

    Screw YOU, UMPIRE!!!! SCREW YOU!

  131. 131
    Curt Says:

    Sure. Give him the borderline call when he hasn’t come close in 3 batters.

  132. 132
    Bubdylan Says:

    OH MY GOD!!!!

  133. 133
    Curt Says:

    WOW

  134. 134
    Adam Says:

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE

  135. 135
    Curt Says:

    I can’t even remember a hit off of Clippard this year

  136. 136
    Curt Says:

    Come on guys. Wait on a strike here.

  137. 137
    Walker Says:

    Great comeback. I just wish Fredi would open his mouth and argue every once in awhile.

  138. 138
    Bubdylan Says:

    No way. This has to be a one run win. This is the non-playoff baseball game of my entire life. I want all the glory: a Kimbrel save with a one run lead.

  139. 139
    Bubdylan Says:

    Sit DOWN, Ian Desmond.

  140. 140
    Curt Says:

    dammit

  141. 141
    Adam Says:

    …i dont even

  142. 142
    Bubdylan Says:

    ….

  143. 143
    Walker Says:

    I wish Prado had made contact.

  144. 144
    Bubdylan Says:

    I wish I’d fell down a manhole when I was five.

  145. 145
    Adam Says:

    At least we have the heart of the order coming up.

  146. 146
    Curt Says:

    woulda, shoulda

    but gotta get Bourn in there…………….

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    Curt Says:

    braves seem really deflated

  148. 148
    Bubdylan Says:

    Somebody needs to charge them up. This is the chance of the season. Come on. Huddy? Ross? Somebody do some screaming over there.

  149. 149
    Adam Says:

    Yea, from the body language it looks like we’ve already lost.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    #149, WHY? WHY is it like that? We have a 50/50 chance of completing the greatest comeback since 1987. I cannot for the life of me understand why they’d let themselves get down like this.

  151. 151
    Adam Says:

    Uggla at second. 0 outs. We need to score this inning.

  152. 152
    Adam Says:

    third*

  153. 153
    Bubdylan Says:

    Man, the Nats are trying so hard to help us.

  154. 154
    Adam Says:

    Janish comes through! It was the most pathetic hit ever, but we’ll take it.

  155. 155
    Bubdylan Says:

    LOL!

  156. 156
    Bubdylan Says:

    Good job, Rev.

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    Curt Says:

    ok. now durbin will get the call. not sure how juiced i am about that, but i guess there isn’t much left.

  158. 158
    Adam Says:

    Good start

  159. 159
    Bubdylan Says:

    Fingers and toes crossed. One more freaking out.

  160. 160
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wow. I’m exhausted. What a comeback.

  161. 161
    Adam Says:

    Uggs, you’re a sick sick man.

    I hope this game is the turning point in our season. What a crazy game.

  162. 162
    Curt Says:

    what a win. please don’t lay an egg tomorrow

  163. 163
    Bubdylan Says:

    In the third inning, ESPN had the Nats on their front page. Now it’s the Angels … who are in the 5th inning of a ho hum game. Whatever.

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    Leah Says:

    5th inning, Braves losing 9 to nuthin’ and my husband suggests we let the 11 year old watch TDK (don’t judge me). I say, “sure…Tommy’s breaking my heart so why not.” Can’t believe I missed the best game of the season. Now I have THREE games to watch tomorrow!

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    Curt Says:

    A friend went to a late Batman showing last night and posted a picture of the theater. There were maybe 5 people there. FDR was right.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    What did FDR say?

  167. 167
    Curt Says:

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

    That and the Dark Knight was overrated

  168. 168
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, is there some fear that there will be copycat killings or something? I don’t have cable and yahoo news makes me crazy.

    Any inury/fatality list out yet? I lived in Aurora for a bit. Not got real close to anyone there, didn’t keep any phone numbers, etc, but there were so many injuries I can’t help wondering about it. I saw “Artificial Intelligence” at that theater with some kids I babysat for a side job. Were there any children hurt?

    Winning this game would be so huge. Six more outs.

  169. 169
    Bubdylan Says:

    What an at-bat by Prado.

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    Anonymous Says:

    That was a fantastic at bat. My only complaint is the dip dribble hanging on that pretty chin for most of the at bat. But I digress.

  171. 171
    Bubdylan Says:

    Man, maybe we’re in the Nationals heads? Seems ludicrous, but they keep badnewsbearing up the joint in the late innings.

  172. 172
    Bubdylan Says:

    Hi, Leah.

  173. 173
    Bubdylan Says:

    Come on, Braves. Bust it open.

  174. 174
    Bubdylan Says:

    Hey, I remember this hitting approach from when we lead the league in runs. What was it called … Patience?

  175. 175
    Bubdylan Says:

    Dammit. DAMMIT. Oh well.

  176. 176
    Anne Says:

    #170/#172 – HA!
    So good, so good, so good! I am pretending to study for my Sociology midterm…but can’t help myself.
    Go Braves!!

  177. 177
    Bubdylan Says:

    Dan, just don’t swing the bat. Not even once. It’s your only chance.

  178. 178
    Bubdylan Says:

    I ALMOST said “Anne.”

  179. 179
    Leah Says:

    #172 How’d you know?

  180. 180
    Bubdylan Says:

    Another 4K night for Dan. Too annoying for words. I guess I should give him a break for busting out last night.

  181. 181
    Bubdylan Says:

    #179, wait, what happened?

  182. 182
    Bubdylan Says:

    Anne, how much school do you have left? Grad or undergrad? I’m done this coming April. Only 38 semesters after I started my Bachelor’s. (Not kidding).

  183. 183
    Curt Says:

    Bub, I’m sure there is a fear of copycats. There are crazy people with guns all over the place, unfortunately. But you have to live your life.

    Uggla….not fine. And what are the options? Prado?

  184. 184
    Bubdylan Says:

    :) :) :) Kris Medlen :) :) :)

  185. 185
    Anne Says:

    Bub – CONGRATS! I’ve been through so many years of college off & on, I can’t wait. I honestly don’t know when it will all be done – there’s a matter of “doing time at the institution.” Meaning: I have enough overall credit hours to graduate, but the University wants x-amount at their school, see? So…I can do a max of 5 credit hours for free each semester x 3 semesters a year…I dunno, maybe a couple more years?? Hopefully by the time I’m 45!

  186. 186
    Bubdylan Says:

    Janish sucks pretty bad.

  187. 187
    Bubdylan Says:

    JONE!

  188. 188
    Bubdylan Says:

    *S

  189. 189
    Bubdylan Says:

    This is good stuff, Braves.

    Anne, keep chipping away. You’ll blink and the degree will be right on top of you.

  190. 190
    Anne Says:

    Thanks, Bub. I plan to moon the dais, regardless.

  191. 191
    Bubdylan Says:

    Sweet. Chad Durbin. I feel a win coming on. A 4-3 win.

  192. 192
    Bubdylan Says:

    Great, great win. Can’t say enough about Sheets and Meds.

  193. 193
    Walker Says:

    Lets sweep this double header.

    So Curt, the Dark Knight wasnt that great?

  194. 194
    Bubdylan Says:

    He means the second film, right?

  195. 195
    Bubdylan Says:

    Say: why were the Nats so sick and tired?

    Because they couldn’t hit the meds or the sheets.

    *slams face into hot electric eye*

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    Curt Says:

    Yes. Seeing part 3 tomorrow. Review to follow. The AP did not like it at all, if that means anything.

    I started underdrad in 1988 and graduated in 2007. It was one of the most gratifying events of my adult life. So congrats to all for sticking it out.

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    Walker Says:

    Oh I thought you meant the new one was overrated. Ive probaly seen many more positive reviews than negative ones. I guess the consensus was that the cinematography was amazing. The 3rd act of the film was also amazing. Great acting. The negatives were that the 1st hour was slow and the movie was too long.

  198. 198
    Curt Says:

    Walker, I have certainly seen more positive reviews than negative. Even my jaded cinema going friends really enjoyed it. I’m sure it will be great.

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    will Says:

    @195 chuckle
    @196 underdrad :)

    underdrag, underdrab, undergrab, underdread, undead
    painful no matter how you misspell it
    congrats

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good start.

    Randall… Randall Delgado … please do good.

  201. 201
    Walker Says:

    I have those same friends who eagerly enjoy criticizing mainstream studio movies and always praise some unknown indie flick that only 10 people have seen.

  202. 202
    Bubdylan Says:

    Tommy Hanson ERA: 4.50, record: 10-5
    Randall Delgado ERA: 4.47, record: 4-9

  203. 203
    Walker Says:

    Bub that shows how crazy it is to evaluate pitchers by their W/L records.

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    Curt Says:

    I’m getting a little anxious

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    Adam Says:

    I think Delgado handled that inning really well. If Uggla doesn’t bobble the ball or make a bad throw he’s out of that inning with no damage.

    But even with the bases loaded and nobody out he still only allowed one run.

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    Walker Says:

    Bernadina is killing us.

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    Curt Says:

    Bad luck and bad timing for the braves tonight

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I haz a sad.

  209. 209
    Curt Says:

    This game is falling into the deeply disappointing category. Freaking Lannan… That guy. 6+ ERA in AAA

  210. 210
    Walker Says:

    I cant believe we didnt add on any runs against this scrub Lannan.

  211. 211
    Adam Says:

    How many times have we struck out today? It feels like a lot.

  212. 212
    Leah Says:

    I really wanted to win two today.

  213. 213
    Adam Says:

    We can still win the series tomorrow at least.

  214. 214
    Leah Says:

    Maybe if we keep talking like it’s totally over the baseball gods will give us a rally.

  215. 215
    Curt Says:

    It’s over

  216. 216
    Bubdylan Says:

    Welp, this one is cooked.

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    Leah Says:

    Poor Randall. He did good.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Sigh. Well, I think this could have been a momentous series that propelled the Braves into a sprint for a 5 game lead in the division.

    But at least it wasn’t the opposite, which it also could have been, especially after 5 innings of yesterday’s game.

    Maybe we’ll get a sprint later.

    Speaking of later, after tomorrow’s Nats game, did y’all know we have 23 games in a row against ballteams under .500? Unfortunately, the Nats play 20 crappers themselves during that stretch, but we should get some distance in the WC race. Should.

  219. 219
    Leah Says:

    Did y’all see this? http://t.co/nkXB1OO7

    Poor Joe. He deserves better.

  220. 220
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, I was eating.

  221. 221
    Walker Says:

    Im so scared of only winning the wild card. As we saw today there is so much randomness and pure luck that goes into a baseball game. So playing a one game playoff is frightening. You might as well flip a darn coin. But thats old news.

  222. 222
    Leah Says:

    Bad feeling today. JJ makes me nervous.

  223. 223
    Adam Says:

    We really need Greinke.

  224. 224
    Bubdylan Says:

    Never saw this coming.

  225. 225
    Leah Says:

    I honestly don’t get what is wrong with him. I guess he doesn’t either or he’d have fixed it. Damn damn damn!!!

  226. 226
    Curt Says:

    So much for that experiment

  227. 227
    ham Says:

    @221 I think the bravest are going to need luck in the post season, no matter what. I seriously feel like beyond Huddy and maybe Sheets and doubly maybe Hanson, a coin toss gives us the best odds.

  228. 228
    Bubdylan Says:

    At this point I’d rather be Wild Card than division winners just because it would give us a greater chance to win SOMETHING in the playoffs. How’s that for cynical?

  229. 229
    Adam Says:

    #228 That makes a depressingly large amount of sense.

  230. 230
    Steve Says:

    Wow, I kinda hate Davey Johnson now:

    “They’ve really been playing well,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. “I think they had a seven-game winning streak that was just stopped. They had been playing the best in the division. To win the first two and then get a split out of here, if I were them, I’d feel deflated. You want to pick up some ground when you’re playing well. They swung the bats really good this series, but so did we. We actually should’ve taken three out of four.”

  231. 231
    Walker Says:

    Looks like Davey Johnson is getting a big head. Lets see what the standings are at the end of the year. Talk is cheap.

  232. 232
    Jo Bu Says:

    Boy, you could clearly see from the first inning that lady luck was not going to be on the Brave’s site today. The first two games, the bounces went our way, the last two games, all of the bounces went the Nats’ way. I mean, you kinda create your own luck when a picther can hit his spots where the fielders can get to it if it’s hit.

    JJ’s going down when we get whom ever we get at the trade deadline. With JJ, I think it is both pitching mechs and psychological state. By now he should have enough experience in the Biggs to be stronger mentally than he demonstrates. If he can’t get that part of his game back, he’ll serve the rest of his time in the MiLB rather than the MLB.

    But whatever his problems are, the Braves cannot afford to fix it up here unless they just want to conceed a playoffs birth — which, as this team rolls, is a streaky .500 team until we settle those 4th and 5th starters that seem to be winning streak killers.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    MLBTR says the Braves are favorites for now for Dempster. What’s the most you would give up for him? For me, it’s Mike Minor.

  234. 234
    Bubdylan Says:

    We’re almost certainly getting Dempster. I could NOT be more excited.

    Dempster
    Sheets
    Hudson

    There’s your goshdang playoff rotation. With the offense and Craig Kimbrel, this team could do some damage.

  235. 235
    Bubdylan Says:

    Rumors say Delgado. I will go from very happy to very, VERY pissed if we just gave up our very best pitching prospect for a few months of Dempster.

  236. 236
    Bubdylan Says:

    Sickening.

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