August 19, 2012

Show #197: The Braves Pitching Competition Heats Up

Does the Dodgers series mean anything?  Who’s locked in to the starting rotation?  More  Chipper love and McCann’s shoulder injury.

 

 

157 Responses to “Show #197: The Braves Pitching Competition Heats Up”

  1. 1
    ham Says:

    Testing . . . testing . . . 1 . 2 . 3.

  2. 2
    DAP Says:

    y’all sure we cant beat good pitchers? weve beaten santana, dickey, gio gonzalez, stasburg, adam wainwirght, lance lynn, josh johnson, bumgarner, burle, halladay, ect….many of the best pitchers in our league.

    even some big time AL pitchers like lester, james shields, and david price.

    the braves can beat good pitchers.

  3. 3
    Curt Says:

    Who said we can’t beat good pitchers?

    I sure didn’t. I said that I felt that good pitchers were more likely to dominate our hitters than our pitchers were to dominate other lineups. Never said anything about an inability to beat good pitchers.

  4. 4
    Curt Says:

    Hmmmm…

    The Braves haven’t won a series from a team that is currently above .500 since June 26-28, when they took two of three from Arizona.

    Dropping the final two games of the Dodgers series only served to underscore a sore point: The Braves are 26-30 against plus-.500 opposition, and they’re 10-20 against teams that are leading divisions. This week they’ll play three games against Washington and four against San Francisco, and they’re 5-10 against those two.

  5. 5
    ham Says:

    DAP – I said that, and upon reflection I probably overstated it.

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    DAP Says:

    There is certainly reason to “fear” great starting pitching in a short series, especially a one gamer. I understand the apprehension. But do you really think a pitcher like Kershaw, Gonzalez, Strasberg, Cueto, ect, looks at the Braves lineup and says “Piece of cake…” ?

    We’ve gotten beat by good pitchers, and weve beaten good pitchers. The Braves (as you guys said) are worthy of where they are in the league right now.

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    Curt Says:

    I love our lineup. I think it is as strong as anyone out there. Certainly anyone in the NL. The Braves are not going to be taken lightly by anyone. And I don’t think an opposing team says, “we get to face the Braves pitching. no sweat.”

    I’ll admit, I am a little jaded by this Dodger’s series. Really wanted to win that one. And really didn’t want to look as dominated as the Braves were. But, a new week is here and taking 2 of 3 in DC and 3 of 4 in SF will solve all my problems.

  8. 8
    DAP Says:

    curt “The Braves haven’t won a series from a team that is currently above .500 since June 26-28, when they took two of three from Arizona.”

    they have only played 3 series against teams who currently are above .500 since then. one of those was the split 4 gamer vs. the nats. also, the reason some of those teams arent above .500 right now is because the braves are beating the crap out of them. phillies are 9 games under .500, braves have beaten them 9 times, mets are 7 games under, braves have beaten them 7 times. just saying.

  9. 9
    DAP Says:

    Curt, as far teh the Dodgers series goes, the Braves got flat out beat yesterday. Billingsley was awesome and has been pitching really well lately. Saturday was the head scratcher. That time we beat ourselves. I think the Braves are capable of winning 5 games this week.

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    Steve Says:

    @9 – I feel that way too. It is really a tremendous test. And a great opportunity to see what our revitalized starting pitching can do against above .500 competition. I firmly believe that Sheets will be the odd man out, so I’m thinking this coming Thursday in SF is a lost cause, but what the will the rest of them do. Damn, this is the most exciting week in a long time.

  11. 11
    Curt Says:

    DAP, those are figures from the AJC, so thanks for adding some clarity, but us “beating the crap” out of the Mets and the Phils is a feat that isn’t really all that impressive. Both of those teams are bad this year. We aren’t the only ones beating the crap out of them.

    10-20 against division leaders can’t be so easily dismissed. We all knew the Braves had a favorable schedule in the 2nd half, and to their credit they have taken care of business. That is as important as anything. You have to beat the teams you are supposed to beat. This week will be a better test of where we are overall.

  12. 12
    David Says:

    Great podcast as always, fellas. My only question is: why wasn’t this one simply titled, “Sweep = Good. Swept = Bad.” or something along those lines?

    I do think Sheets goes to the pen, especially with September call-ups. I think that the more innings he goes, the less confidence there is in his arm.

    As for us not being the only ones to beat up on the Mets and Phils — I think that’s besides the point. Fact is that in years past, a bunch of other teams were beating up on other teams (Nationals) that we had trouble beating.

    Also, Ken Rosenthal with some good stuff about our bullpen:

    http://mlbbuzz.yardbarker.com/blog/mlbbuzz/article/braves_relievers_pitching_less/11502352?new_post=true

  13. 13
    Curt Says:

    David, and the Phils have certainly owned us the past couple of years. Good point.

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    Frigatedoc Says:

    Do you think that Sheets started off so well because he was “new” to everyone? Kind of like when the Braves see a new arm they look dumbfounded.

    I like the guy, but he seems to be the odd man out.

  15. 15
    Frigatedoc Says:

    BTW…. not braves related…

    Clemens make a minors start on Saturday. Yes, ROGER Clemens. Fast ball is 87mph

  16. 16
    Adam Says:

    That first run is HUGE! Way to go Heyward.

  17. 17
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Looks like a long night ahead… Tim is leaving the ball up so far…

  18. 18
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Everything but his curve ball is at or above the belt… And Washington is hitting them HARD!

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    Adam Says:

    Get Hudson out of there. He’s done.

  20. 20
    Ham Says:

    Sigh.

  21. 21
    Curt Says:

    That went poorly

  22. 22
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    You guys sure you want Tim to start that important game against Washington?

    Three starts against Washington this season…

    Three times they have put a 1st inning four spot on him…

  23. 23
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Maybe Tim can make him throw 15 or 20 pitches…

  24. 24
    Ham Says:

    Well, at least if there is a one game playoff in our future with Hudson starting, we won’t have to face the Nats. That’s something, right?

  25. 25
    Steve Says:

    I walked upstairs to put my son to bed with a 1 – 0 lead and came back to find it 4 – 1. Unbelievable. Maybe Tim will settle down. And Zimmerman’s pitch count is high, so that’s something this early.

  26. 26
    Steve Says:

    4 – 2. Good to see they’re not hanging their heads. Lots of baseball to play. Cliche, cliche, cliche.

  27. 27
    Adam Says:

    Jason Heyward is a beautiful human being.

  28. 28
    Steve Says:

    @27 – Well said.

  29. 29
    Curt Says:

    that went better

  30. 30
    Adam Says:

    Time to pull Hudson! Abort! Abort!

  31. 31
    Adam Says:

    Okay I overreacted. Nice bounceback by Huddy.

  32. 32
    Adam Says:

    Those darn bases are always swatting balls away from our infielders. Unbelievable.

  33. 33
    Steve Says:

    Ugh. This is really freaking stressful.

  34. 34
    Curt Says:

    come on

  35. 35
    Curt Says:

    please don’t walk in the damn run

  36. 36
    Adam Says:

    SIGH!

  37. 37
    Curt Says:

    brother

  38. 38
    Adam Says:

    If this game goes to extra innings, if I’m the nationals I’m intentionally walking the first two batters of every inning. That seems like the surest way to stop us from doing anything.

  39. 39
    ham Says:

    I think I could strike out Uggla right now. Durbin looked great though. C’MON BOYS!

  40. 40
    Walker Says:

    Here comes the dumbest strategy in the world.

    The idea that you can’t bring in your best reliever on the road in extra innings until you get a lead is asinine. I would think you would want your best reliever pitching in a tie game where it is a sudden death situation if the other team scores. You want your lesser relievers pitching in a save situation where at least if they gave up a run the game wouldn’t be over. Am I on another planet?

  41. 41
    Steve Says:

    On a side note, all the Natitude stuff is really stupid.

  42. 42
    Adam Says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  43. 43
    Curt Says:

    Going to bed. 5:30 wake up call is too daunting

  44. 44
    Adam Says:

    I almost just fainted.

  45. 45
    Adam Says:

    It’s hits like that which make the 1-game play-off at the end of the year a joke.

  46. 46
    Adam Says:

    And of course that’s how the game ends. We suck.

  47. 47
    Walker Says:

    It serves us right to lose. We deserved that. INEXCUSABLE. INEXCUSABLE not to use the best relief pitcher in baseball against our division rivals. We lost without using our best. We deserved this and I’m glad we lost.

  48. 48
    Jo-Bu Says:

    We couldn’t play these guys when they sucked and were the bottom feeders of the divison. We couldn’t play them when they were the Expose either… nothing new here.

  49. 49
    Jimbo! Says:

    yes it would have been nice having Kimbrel out there but had we burned him in the 13th who would have pitched the 14th?

    I think the real travesty here is Dan Uggla, blowing the last play of the game. and batting I feel like we have Andrew Jones back, throw a ball a foot off the plate or in the dirt and he’s hacking every time he must not want anyone to steal his spot on the bench. Imagine how good this team would be if we had invested all that money in someone who could actually hit the ball!!
    …that being said i do love his hustle and intensity but man he has been so bad! 1-6 today. get it together this is getting Redic!

  50. 50
    Walker Says:

    Its called the butterfly effect. Just do the smart thing and use Kimbrel out the bullpen first and rest will take care of itself. Who knows what would have happened. We still may have lost but at least we would have lost with our best.

  51. 51
    Curt Says:

    Well, knew they were losing when they brought Martinez in so I went to bed. Watching the last play this morning made it much worse.

    And I will add that McCann is just as bad, if not worse, than Uggla. I love McCann, but if he can not play and produce, he needs to go on the DL.

  52. 52
    Steve Says:

    Tough, tough one to swallow. So many lost opportunities. Gotta pray that Maholm can go deep into the game tonight. And I’m really pissed about how tired I am with no win to show for it.

  53. 53
    Shaun Says:

    Craig Kimbrel: MIA.

    Seriously, what is going on? The save rule is almost as bad for the game as PED’s and gambling. We get to see a team’s 4th-best reliever facing the other team’s best hitters late in a close game. We get to see a team lose a close game without using one of if not the best reliever in baseball. You know that one run that means losing the game? Well, don’t worry about going all out to prevent it. Making sure your closer gets a save is more important.

  54. 54
    ham Says:

    Curtis – certainly last night McCann was better Uggla, but they both could have done better.

    There are a LOT of people in baseball who go by the same philosophy that Fredi does in terms of using Kimbrel. On the road, you don’t bring him early, because your opponent will always get the last swings. At home, you can bring him in with a tie (which Fredi does, a lot), because obviously you have a chance to score and win the game without having to go to a lesser pitcher.

    It’s not a slam dunk either way, but if you call Fredi an idiot for doing it, there are a lot of other managers who are idiots too. (Which, of course, could very well be true.)

  55. 55
    ham Says:

    Just to add to my last comment, I also don’t think that Fredi is playing to make sure that his closer gets a save. I really think he is doing what he thinks is best for the team.

  56. 56
    Leah Says:

    Tonight’s important. Either we shake it off and come back strong or completely collapse. If we lose tonight my hope meter is a neg 100.

  57. 57
    Curt Says:

    It’s rough when the bottom of the lineup is Uggla, McCann, Janish, pitcher.

    out of that 4 slots (including Hinske, Francisco, Johnson PH):

    4-21. 1 RBI (Janish), 2 BB, 4 Ks, 16 LOB

  58. 58
    Shaun Says:

    ham @54 and @55, I absolutely agree. This is a much bigger problem than one team or one manager. And perhaps managers do think saving their closers for save situations gives their teams the best chance to win.

    I think the save rule has taken hold and it foolishly guides reliever usage throughout the game. And I take every opportunity I’m given to rant about it, whether it’s Fredi or whether it would have changed the results of the game or not. It’s almost a subconscious thing where abiding by the save rule is now thought of as the best way to try to win a game.

    I just don’t think relievers would be used in this way if there was no such thing as a save rule or the save stat; if it was just about winning and not about any particular stat or rule. Reliever usage would be based a lot more on match-ups and there likely wouldn’t be one assigned guy that only pitches the last inning in which you have a lead.

  59. 59
    Walker Says:

    I’ll say it again. That strategy makes no sense. It’s so unintelligent and anti intellectual it makes me nauseous. Fredi and these other managers need to wake up and realize the utter stupidity of it. Stop playing towards the save rule. The real save is not allowing any runs in an extra inning tie game on the road. Stopping the other team from scoring when you already have a lead for cushion is not a real save.

  60. 60
    Frigatedoc Says:

    NEWSFLASH!!!!

    Upcoming Dan Uggla “bobblehead doll” night has been changed to Dan Uggla “bobble ball” night. (Bat not included)

  61. 61
    Curt Says:

    I was really hoping Strasburg was getting washed out of this game

  62. 62
    Walker Says:

    Don’t mean to be negative. But it looks like Braves Country will be holding their breath during a one game playoff in October. I hope not though.

  63. 63
    Leah Says:

    Are the Braves ready to get back to the hotel or what?

  64. 64
    Curt Says:

    At least they made Storen work in his first inning

  65. 65
    Leah Says:

    Middle of our lineup sucks the big one.

  66. 66
    Walker Says:

    McCann and Uggla are supposed to be All Stars. What the hell happened to those two?

  67. 67
    Adam Says:

    What are we going to do about Uggla? He’s been good 10% of the time, bad 20% of the time, and disgustingly awful 70% of the time. Paul Janish has provided more offense then him over the past couple months. I say we bench him for the rest of the season and call up whoever we have from AAA that can play second. I’m sure we’ve got somebody in Gwinet that can hit over .150. I’m seriously done with Uggla.

  68. 68
    Adam Says:

    I’m giving McCann a pass because he’s hurt (still don’t know if he should be playing over Ross). It seems like Freeman is just in a slump though. He played really well for a substantial chunk this season, he’s 22(maybe 23?) and he’s making a fraction of what Uggla is making.

  69. 69
    Curt Says:

    Move Prado to second and let Johnson play Left. It can’t be worse. He’s is more than a hole right now.

  70. 70
    Walker Says:

    If McCann is hurt why can’t he go on the DL. We go through this every year with him.

  71. 71
    Walker Says:

    The Pirates just lost by using the same dumb strategy we lost with Monday. So I guess it hurts and helps.

  72. 72
    Steve Says:

    Just horrible last night. Mac on the DL is tough because it essentially means he’ll be gone for the season, right? If 2 weeks of rest was the answer, they’d have done it already. Is 80% Mac / 20% Ross better than 80% Ross / 20% Boscan? Hard to say. Ross gets exposed when he plays everyday as we’ve seen. And Boscan is no offensive answer.

    I don’t think Uggla should be benched, but giving him a day or two off a week seems like a good idea. In other words, I’m still holding out hope that Dan can turn it around. If we really have no Mac and no Uggla in a meaningful way the rest of the season I don’t think the WC happens.

  73. 73
    Leah Says:

    If we have no Mac or Dan I hope the WC doesn’t happen. My heart strings can’t take it.

  74. 74
    Curt Says:

    If we have to watch another September collapse, I quit.

    Oh, and Fredi better get fired.

  75. 75
    Walker Says:

    Fredi is definitely gone if we don’t at least win a wild card slot.

    McCann needs to be resting. 2 weeks of rest will do him good.

  76. 76
    Walker Says:

    Davey Johnson quote:

    “Any time you go up against the club that’s fighting you for the division it’s more weighted. There’s more concentration. There’s more energy level. There’s more on the table. Atlanta. After yesterday they were very dejected. After today they were very dejected because they know. They’ve got a pretty good lead on the wild card but they don’t want the wild card. Believe it. Everybody was all excited about the new wild card being added. I wasn’t real keen on it. I knew right away that you could be the second club in your division and you’ve got a one-game playoff. It’s not a comfortable feeling for clubs fighting for the pennant. Same way with San Francisco and LA. There’s heat on them.”

  77. 77
    Leah Says:

    #Braves lineup: 1. Prado LF, 2. Johnson CF, 3. Heyward RF, 4. Jones 3b, 5. Freeman 1B, 6. Ross C, 7. Pastornicky 2B, 8. Janish sS, 9. Medlen

    That’s quite a shakeup. I don’t mind. Even if we lose I’ll be glad. Gotta try something.

  78. 78
    Curt Says:

    They keep talking about this tough stretch of pitching we have to face, as if when we would be in the playoffs we would be facing some really terrible staffs.

  79. 79
    Curt Says:

    For Leah:

    http://www.npr.org/event/music/159510462/the-avett-brothers-hot-tea-and-honey?sc=fb&cc=fmp

  80. 80
    David Says:

    Medlen is my favorite pitcher. When my wife saw him for the first time ever just now, she said, “who’s the 10-year old?”

    I said, “that’s Kris Medlen, the best pitcher on the Braves right now.” She said, “what about T-Huddy?” I said, “pssshhhh.”

  81. 81
    David Says:

    Which commercial is most annoying?

    A) Wendy’s “baconator” commercial with obnoxious redhead and man buying a recliner at a yard sale

    B) Nissan “summer saving” commercial (set to Grease’s “summer lovin” song)

    C) Suntrust “my daughter, engaged already” commercial (the same on tv as well as radio)

    or

    D) all of the above

  82. 82
    Curt Says:

    a little better

  83. 83
    Walker Says:

    I want Medlen over Hudson in a one game playoff as of now.

  84. 84
    will Says:

    oh dont be such a whiner curtis! we could have won the first one, the second one we were dominated, and we won the third one

    we can still beat them in the playoffs if our bats show up and …and…and

  85. 85
    Walker Says:

    My vote goes to that Nissan commercial.

  86. 86
    Jo-Bu Says:

    83: I agree. Meds is clearly the ace of this staff.

  87. 87
    Tcc Says:

    Most annoying is Nissan. Best ever post game interview goes to Meds!

  88. 88
    Walker Says:

    6 games out doesn’t seem that bad with 5 weeks worth of baseball left. I’m staying positive. We can still win this division.

  89. 89
    Leah Says:

    Curt you’re forgiven. I was really mad at you for your “throw up” comment on the Fb page. I had to DVR the game and I was in the 5th when I saw that comment pop up and thought “Dammit! I bet they lose this game.” #79 gets you out of the doghouse.

  90. 90
    Frigatedoc Says:

    @81

    C) because it is on the radio as well and I mostly listen to the games….

    My favorite is the Allstate commercial that says “the Braves never over pay for players, so why would you over pay for insurance?”

    I guess Allstate has never heard of Mike Hampton, Derek Lowe, or Dan Uggla.

  91. 91
    Frigatedoc Says:

    Medlen is our Ace……hands down!

  92. 92
    will Says:

    @88 I agree! so duz curt secretly!

  93. 93
    Curt Says:

    shhhh

  94. 94
    David Says:

    90 — YES. The AllState commercial is terrible. Every time I hear it I think of the three you mentioned as well as KK. There’s also the Teixeira trade — overpaying in a different way.

  95. 95
    Leah Says:

    Really curious about tonight’s lineup.

  96. 96
    will Says:

    im curious to see Sheets kick it tonight…especially after Stevie threw him under the entire Marta fleet. we all know the braves listen to the podcast

  97. 97
    will Says:

    curious as in praying that it happens…what is the Marta equivalent in SF?

  98. 98
    Curt Says:

    BART? maybe…

  99. 99
    Leah Says:

    Uggla and Mac back to back singles. Wha?

  100. 100
    Walker Says:

    I can’t wait until the National League adopts the Designated Hitter. I’m so over the horrible hitting from the pitchers.

  101. 101
    Leah Says:

    I hope Steve’s bundled in Braves gear. Looks freezing.

  102. 102
    Leah Says:

    I hope Steve isnt carrying any sharp objects. He might charge the field to get at a certain 2nd baseman.

  103. 103
    Adam Says:

    Well we’re dunzo. Right now I’d vote for Hanson to the bullpen/AAA. He’s really struggling to do anything correctly.

  104. 104
    Adam Says:

    Awesome we’re 0 for everything with RISP again.

  105. 105
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Geez… it’s September 2011 all over again.

  106. 106
    Curt Says:

    The Zito thing, and really the Braves inability to beat a bunch of really lousy lefties, continues to annoy.

  107. 107
    Curt Says:

    1st home win for Zito in 5 starts. Total joke. And now you have to face real pitchers.

  108. 108
    Walker Says:

    Has there ever been a more successful yet frustrating, classy yet depressing, enjoyable yet annoying organization than the Atlanta Braves the last 20 years?

  109. 109
    Curt Says:

    From Bowman:

    “When the Braves claimed a comeback win against the Dodgers last Friday, they were in the midst of a 23-game stretch that included just five losses. They have lost five of the six games that followed and batted .115 (6-for-52) with runners in scoring position during this span.”

  110. 110
    Leah Says:

    Red sox/ Angels game makes me bored with the Braves.

  111. 111
    Walker Says:

    WOW Dodgers and Red Sox discussing a deal to trade Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers.

    It must be nice to be a rich franchise.

  112. 112
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Holy crap! The bseball gods are peed at the Braves tonight or at least having a laugh with those three consecutive hits.

  113. 113
    Leah Says:

    We need to clone Martin. That’s the only way we win the pennant.

  114. 114
    Leah Says:

    Does Janish really need a day off?

  115. 115
    Steve Says:

    I’m back home. Thursday night’s game was obviously terrible and the Braves looked anemic, but damn I loved being there. The stadium is beautiful and the vibe is great there. Much like the fans in STL, everyone seems to be wearing Giants colors.

  116. 116
    Steve Says:

    Sheets looks uncomfortable like he doesn’t feel good. It looks like his lower back hurts or something. He seems to be laboring.

  117. 117
    Leah Says:

    Baseball gods hate us and love the Giants.

  118. 118
    Leah Says:

    I’m over the Sheets experiment.

  119. 119
    Leah Says:

    Oh, and I’m officially on the fire Fredi bandwagon.

  120. 120
    Leah Says:

    I wish Chip wouldn’t say words like “consummated”.

  121. 121
    Leah Says:

    Can we ask the Giants to just leave their left fielder out there? Conflict of interest intact? I think we’d be better off.

  122. 122
    Ham Says:

    Uggh.

  123. 123
    Leah Says:

    B Mac looks like he can’t be sure what’s coming.

  124. 124
    Steve Says:

    And that folks is the last start Sheets will make as a Brave.

  125. 125
    Jo-Bu Says:

    I think Sheets will be the odd man out of the rotation. He hasn’t been able to his his spots for a good 4-5 games now. Visibly frustrated out there tonight.

  126. 126
    Steve Says:

    It’s insane how the team is falling apart in front of our eyes. Sheets – done. Hinske – done. Add Mac and Uggla to that list , at least done for now and things got grim fast.

  127. 127
    Leah Says:

    Post season hope meter is shimmying at about 2.

  128. 128
    Jo-Bu Says:

    I mean, it’s just like the last six weeks of 2011 all over again. Sure wish the Braves could play some money ball like we could in the mid-90′s. But geez, when we do play money-ball, they come here and stink it up like never before. Where’s our McGriff trade these days (c-mon Struggla, that could be you, man!)?

  129. 129
    Lionel Says:

    the Braves are just not playoff worthy…..they are beginning to cough just like last season around this time

  130. 130
    Curt Says:

    It’s insane how once again the Braves are built for everything to work perfectly. There is no contingency plan. And amazing that these other teams seem to get better in the stretch run and once again we are in the midst of a collapse.

    If that trade goes through for the Dodgers, the Braves might be in a lot of trouble.

  131. 131
    Adam Says:

    0-3 with RISP already. This is going to be a long game.

  132. 132
    Jo-Bu Says:

    …and just like that, the kids are carrying this team. Heyward’s three run bomb, just now, was magical but we need those vets to step up, too.

  133. 133
    will Says:

    goe sillies!

    the past 10 days have been a disaster, take any help we can get.

    too bad steve was right about sheets…we were there for his first game vs the mets. he threw 92-93. looked great.

    im playing ice hockey on tue for the first time in 8 years

    do you think the braves will sign me?

  134. 134
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Hey, Will, were are you playing ice hockey at?

  135. 135
    will Says:

    its a mens leauge in Hong Kong. which is where i live now..

  136. 136
    Jo-Bu Says:

    OK, I guess I won’t there to shoot photos, then. I was hoping you’d name a rink in Atlanta :)

  137. 137
    Bub Says:

    “Worse back-to-back: McCann-Uggla or Hanson-Sheets?”

    Cox-Gonzalez.

  138. 138
    Leah Says:

    I’m way too jazzed about this game.

  139. 139
    Leah Says:

    “He let the odds of baseball catch up to him” I like that. Come on Huddy! Be the good non bone spurred Hudson we all know and love.

  140. 140
    Leah Says:

    Absolutely LOVE the jawing going back and forth between Hudson and McCann.

  141. 141
    Leah Says:

    Repeat after me…Prado is freakishly awesome.

    Bub! I’m posting! Where ARE you?

  142. 142
    will Says:

    at least we are winning while nats are losing

  143. 143
    Bub Says:

    Sorry, Princess. Had to get groceries or my sister was gonna put me in the oven.

  144. 144
    Bub Says:

    lol, McCann bunt single!!!

  145. 145
    Leah Says:

    Whatever works Mac!

  146. 146
    Leah Says:

    Bub, you missed some great back and forth between Mac and Huddy from 1st to the dugout. Funny stuff. Fun game. Glad you got food and are avoiding death by baking.

  147. 147
    Bub Says:

    Very classy of the Giants fans. Standing ovation for Chipper when their team is losing. I actually got chills.

  148. 148
    Leah Says:

    It’s a shame you can see the Giant’s shirtails through their pants.

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    Walker Says:

    Boy did we need these two wins. 4.5 games out.

  150. 150
    Leah Says:

    THIS is why we chop! Fantastic!

  151. 151
    Leah Says:

    @149 if we crumble in the 9th I’m putting you in Bub’s sister’s oven.

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    Bub Says:

    I say any time Heyward and Freeman go back-to-back it should be called:

    a Hey-Man.

  153. 153
    Bub Says:

    Leah, what kinda season you expectin’ from the War Chickens this year?

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    Steve Says:

    @152 – Without a doubt.

    Just finished recording the show and was able to enjoy that back to back. Whoever wrote it earlier – GREAT end to the week. The ship feels righted.

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    David Says:

    I think my favorite thing about J-Hey is that I’ve never once seen him stand and admire a HR of his. Y’all think he’ll get 30?

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    Walker Says:

    Trading Heyward would have a regretful move. I’ll say that.

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    Leah Says:

    @153 No idea. Have to ask the hubs.

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