September 09, 2012

Show #200: Great Pitching and Little Offense Equals Huge Week for Braves

The strange 6 – 1 week. Is Mac back?  Is Uggla back?  The private ceremony for Chipper at Citi Field. And the end of Strasburg’s season.



93 Responses to “Show #200: Great Pitching and Little Offense Equals Huge Week for Braves”

  1. 1
    carlos Says:

    Congratulations on the 200th episode!

    I’ve only been listening since 2010 but you guys are the only podcast i listen to. Keep up the great work guys!

  2. 2
    Nate Says:

    Congrats on making it to 200, fellas! You guys are the best!

  3. 3
    Mike Says:

    Here’s to 200 more.

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    David Says:

    Yeah, fellas — 200! Welcome to the Mendoza line!

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    Steve Says:

    @1 – 4: Thanks everyone. The kind words are greatly appreciated.

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    Frigatedoc Says:

    Congrats on show #200 guys! Thank you for making my dreaded Monday morning commute enjoyable! (If you knew my commute you would probably want to shoot me. It’s 10 miles of tractors and cotton fields and see tons of wildlife! Some are dead though) ha ha

    I about had a wreck when Hammy said Frigatedoc this morning! Woo hoo!!

    So Ham, I want to give YOU a shout out and tell you everything you said about cortisone shots is right on! Maybe you were a doctor in your previous life or you slept in a Holiday Inn Express? To answer your question about frequency of the shot….that can be debated and just about every doctor will give you a different answer. Some say 3 shots in a year and some say 3 shots in a lifetime. (if that gives you any idea on how crazy the debate is) Since the shot does the patient no good other than help inflammation and pain then why would you give it? But we are talking about an athlete here and of course in McCann’s situation you have to look at what it is doing to his shoulder. I think you said he has gotten 2 already this year? I will be very surprised if he (they allow) has another. They may leave it up to him (and he would probably do it). This is a situation like Strasberg in many ways. If they keep giving him the shots, it is only a matter of time till he swings the bat and his shoulder doesn’t stop and THAT would be ugly. McCann swings a HUGE bat. (Have you ever seen it? I think it may be the largest on the Braves) You already went over what happens to the joint that it gets injected into, the question is can it take another shot before the season is over? Who knows? Many factors goes into the decision. How long has he had this condition? I can’t remember when it was first brought up, but these things take time to form. Overuse is typically the culprit and with THAT being said, his days as a catcher could be numbered.
    Unlike the Nats who somehow think that NEXT year is given that they make it to the post-season…go for it.

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    Steve Says:

    @6 -Doc, thanks for the info. Great stuff.

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    DAP Says:

    way to go guys. congrats on #200, y’all do a great job!

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    Shaun Says:

    Congratulations on #200.

    Steve, I completely agree that the RISP is a flukey thing. It’s essentially just chance. The *wrong* guys were coming to the plate with RISP (McCann, Uggla, Janish, etc.) or the hitters were hitting the ball right at people or just out of randomness a lot of the team’s outs came with RISP.

    If you look at the stats in any given year, there is no correlation between leaving runners on base and having a good offense. Often times good offenses will have runner on and in scoring position quite often so they are going to fail more often than bad offensive clubs that rarely get runners on.

    Also, having Kimbrel pitch in a non-save situation almost brought tears to my eyes. It was a beautiful thing.

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    Bub Says:

    200 Shows! Awesome. I remember the 100th like it was yesterday *wipes away tear*

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    Steve Says:

    @8, 9, 10: Thanks, guys. It’s very much appreciated.

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    ham Says:

    This is how I feel about #200 . . . .

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    Leah Says:

    2-hundred!!!!! How did that happen? Thanks guys for letting me ask all the stupid girl questions, making me the princess of the podcast (Ok…maybe I did that) and reconnecting me with my long lost second cousin once removed, Bubdylan.

    Remember before the comments were divided into pages and we’d have to scroll down down down to get to the submit box? #thumbcramp

  14. 14
    Steve Says:

    @13 – Leah, you ARE the princess of the podcast and never forget it.

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    ham Says:

    #14 – but don’t tell Curt.

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    Anne Says:

    #15 – ha! Congrats on 200, fellas. Go Braves!!

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    Leah Says:

    #15 just shot strawberry smoothie out of my nose. Thanks for that.

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    Leah Says:

    Fredi has looked stellar in large part to Martin Prado. What would we have done without him?

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    Curt Says:

    I just threw my tiara across the room

  20. 20
    Leah Says:

    Me too.

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    Curt Says:


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    Curt Says:

    I missed most of this game. Did Minor need to be pulled?

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    Steve Says:

    It feels weird, but I kind of hate Venters. That throw to 3rd was so ill conceived.

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    Leah Says:

    B Mac coulda had the game of his career. He’s getting no help.

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    Leah Says:

    Monday. Poor Minor.

  26. 26
    Leah Says:

    Wow, doesn’t take much to feel like we’re never gonna win again.

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    Curt Says:

    Hang in there. Gonna have games like that. Or innings like that. Bigger issue is that once again, we can’t get a big hit when we need it.

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    David Says:

    23 — Venters gets, and probably deserves, a lot of the blame, but there’s plenty of it to go around in the game. When your offense gets 10 hits and only scores once, that doesn’t leave your bullpen much room at all. Not to mention getting thrown out on the basepaths what, 4 times? 5?

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    Curt Says:

    You can’t walk a guy trying to give you an out. the Braves have one of the best defensive teams in MLB, barring last night. You have to let those guys make plays behind you. and Durbin didn’t help. did he walk 2 or 3 guys? gotta shake it off.

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    Steve Says:

    @28 – I agree. How about the inning before where Bourn came up with bases loaded and two outs and didn’t get a hit. The whole complexion of the game changes there with a single.

    That said, I’m done with Venters. I don’t think he should be on that type of roster that happens in October for certain teams.

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    Steve Says:

    Lyle Overbay gets a start a First tonight. Hrmmmphh.

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    ham Says:

    #31 – WHAT!? hrmmmphh indeed.

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    Anonymous Says:

    Here’s a little treat for you all…

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    Adam Says:

    Looks like our offense is gone again.

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    Leah Says:

    Who is Overbay anyway? Seriously, never heard of the guy.

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    Adam Says:

    Take notes Braves. That’s how you score with RISP.

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    Curt Says:

    Turns out I’m not checking the Nats score any more

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    Steve Says:

    @37 – No kidding. All that 5.5 momentum is looooong gone. 7.5 games back and the sense that we’ll never win another game is a bad combo.

    What a crap series this has been.

  39. 39
    Anne Says:

    Post-season tix go on sale in…30 minutes. Who’s sucked in? (Go Braves)

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    will Says:

    200 shows… wow… dont you have anything better to do?

    congrats Steve, Hamilton, Curt…you bring lots of amusement our way.

    United Airlines blows, just sayin. They make Delta look like heroes. 2 hour delay. Worst punk attitude by 50 year old guy at counter. “OK” he says in I dont care deal with it tone of voice. So I just ate a Big Mac. First time in ages. Its the best food in this part of Ohare. There was no… NO … food in the United Biz lounge. And you pay for drinks?

    Oh yeah, and anudder thing, what is up with losing to marginal teams. Always happens at the wrong time.

    I like Chicago tho.

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    ham Says:

    What does the “1” mean by the Braves’ name on the ESPN scoreboard mean? Is that what the sabremetrics folks call a “run”?

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    ham Says:

    Sorry, that was a little too “mean”.

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    ham Says:

    Now it says “2”. I am really confused.

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    Curt Says:

    It’s corrected itself, because their’s says 3 now.

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    Curt Says:

    Now it says “4” and I’ve turned the channel.

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    Curt Says:


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    ham Says:

    The good news is that we could call ourselves the “Big Inning Braves”. The bad news is that it refers to our pitchers.

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    Frigatedoc Says:

    Freddi! U r a idiot! Why leave him in with the bases loaded? He has been pitching out of trouble all night! Fail!!!

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    Anonymous Says:

    Classic Bobby-style of management tonight. What the hell is Fredi thinking tonight???

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    Curt Says:

    Can’t wait to hear that the Braves just “ran into a hot team.” The newest way to “tip the cap.” Hey Braves, you just went 7-1. You’re a hot team too.

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    Bub Says:

    *studies for three hours*

    *checks scoreboard*

    *opens textbook again*

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    Walker Says:

    The good news is that unlike last year, the Cardinals suck just as much as we do. So we still have a comfortable lead heading into the unpredictable one game playoff.

    The bad news. Those damn Phillies are still in this.

  53. 53
    Walker Says:

    Please Cardinals don’t let the Phillies catch you.

    Cole Hamels in a one game playoff. Ahhhhh

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    Leah Says:

    Is anyone else very ready for a night off?

  55. 55
    will Says:

    *flys on plane for 14 hours*
    *checks scoreboard*
    *enters coma*

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    Bub Says:

    #55 is great.

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    Steve Says:

    @54 – Yes. Last night was great to have a no-loss guarantee. What a torturous run this team puts us through at time.

    To brazenly show my confidence in the team, I bought tix for the one-game WC playoff last night. This one move is going to deliver the 2 of 3 for the Braves this weekend.

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    Walker Says:

    This is hilarious and sad. Poor Mets.

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    Mark in Memphis Says:


    I heard that the only team in the NL East w/o a winning record at Citi Field is the Mets…

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Hey Curt, what do you think we can get for Medlen? ;)

  61. 61
    Curt Says:

    Babe Ruth?

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    Adam Says:

    It’s a shame Meds can’t get the win for this one. He went bananas on the Nationals lineup.

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    Mark in Memphis Says:



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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    So who was Craig pissed at? Ten pitches, ten strikes, three strikeouts… WOW!

  65. 65
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    And Medlen’s streak continues!

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    Adam Says:

    It wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it.

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    Frigatedoc Says:

    That was a double play ball, wow! Needed win, but again zero clutch hitting.

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    So, you think maybe Pastor can play second, slot Prado into third and trade Uggla in the off-season?

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    Mark in Memphis Says:


    Sorry, have to disagree on being a double-play ball… he had to come in too far to get it… would have had to throw behind himself w/o enough time to double up Pastor… if nothing else, the kid isn’t exactly slow…

    Putting the ball in play puts pressure on the defense and they didn’t make the play… beats a pop-up… a strikeout… FC to pitcher, first or third…

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    Bub Says:

    I pulled up the box score and was like YEAH, WALK OFF HIT!

    Not so much. I’ll take it of course, but sheesh. Looks like Medlen did great again. That story is just ridiculous. I beat the start-Meds drum as hard as anyone, but I never figured he’d dominate.

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    Steve Says:

    @69 – I agree, they wouldn’t have pulled off the dp. Gotta catch the ball, apply the tag and then turn your body the other direction to throw to first.

    I’m not saying it was some great, clutch hit, but every win is nothing short of huge at this point.

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    Steve Says:

    Unfortunately, I have zero faith that the winning continues today. Despite the fact that it’s the only righty we face, I can’t believe Hanson doesn’t get lit up by the Nats lineup. They’re just too good and he’s just too mediocre.

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    Steve Says:

    In other news:

    A big congratulations to our blogger Shaun who just welcomed a new baby boy into the family!

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    Steve Says:

    So, through a family connection I will be serving as the on field stage manager for today’s game on big Fox. I’ll share details on the show tomorrow night but, for the most part, I know that I signal the umpire that he can say, “play ball” at the start of the game and then position myself in the camera well at the end of the Braves dugout and report news to the production truck throughout the game. Stuff like, “they’re calling to the bullpen,” or “Overbay is picking up a bat to pinch hit.” Stuff like that. Pretty damned excited. Tweeting and posting during the game is probably frowned upon so I’ll have a full report tomorrow.

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    Leah Says:

    Steve! That is freakin awesome! It’s too bad we’re gonna lose so bad you won’t be able to pick your head up off the ground. Still, seriously cool!

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    Walker Says:


    Wow thats interesting. I didn’t even know a position like that even existed. Good luck.

    And congrats to Shaun.

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    Mark in Memphis Says:


    Maybe package him w/ Tehran to the Twins for Span (CF when we can’t sign Bourn) and Willingham (LF to replace Prado)?

    Not an original idea by me, but kind’a sounded pretty good…

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    Mark in Memphis Says:


    Very kewl!

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    Mark in Memphis Says:


    His only hope is that the shadows on the field due to the start time work for him…

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    Steve Says:

    Just learned I have to grab Kris Medlen and Ross Detweiler for in-game interviews. 3rd inning.

  81. 81
    Steve Says:

    I just walked past Bobby under the stadium.

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    Walker Says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Medlen should be the starter for the 1 game playoff or should it be the vet Hudson? I trust Medlen more.

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    Adam Says:

    Well, forget this game.

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    Ham Says:

    At least I got my afternoon back. Sigh. Have fun, Steve.

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    Curt Says:

    Hanson. Remember when Hanson was the guy we wanted brought up in his rookie season and some guy named Medlen was like his little sidekick?

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    Adam Says:

    I like this first base umpire. He gets it.

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    will Says:

    nice walk ug

  88. 88
    will Says:

    nice walk gramps

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    will Says:


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    Anne Says:

    So happy for The Braves right now. Was with you in spirit while I wrote a paper on Bertolt Brecht’s “Baal” with a Saturday midnight deadline. What kind of MONSTER has a Saturday midnight deadline for a paper?? My prof. GO BRAVES!!!!

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    Leah Says:

    Steve’s a rock star. That is all.

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    If OH says something about Geo’s 20 win one more time, I am going to drive to Atlanta and SLAP HIM!

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    Walker Says:

    I love that I’m typing this. The Braves are about to sweep the Nationals.

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