May 17, 2009

Show #61: An Amazing Road Trip – Time To Do It At Home

Jo Jo to the bullpen, Frenchy’s swoon, and the unbelieveable series with the Mets.

 

 

41 Responses to “Show #61: An Amazing Road Trip – Time To Do It At Home”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Jo Jo Reyes is absolutely a hot enough talent to succeed in the bullpen. His troubles are mental. I disagree with giving up on him, even though I’d rather take a beating than see him start again. I love the move.

    I wish Tommy was coming up, he’s really earned it over the long haul. Gotta treat him right. But bringing Medlen up while he’s this hot might be brilliant. We’ll see.

    I’m tired of Frenchy. He’s a stubborn-ass. It is not necessary for him to be doing this. I will celebrate when he is gone from this team.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, and good show.

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    Leah Says:

    I would hate to see Frenchy in another uniform but I find his comments to the media disheartening to say the least. What a contrast between his media comments and Chipper’s steller morale boosting efforts.

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    Anonymous Says:

    Frenchy’s struggles are particularly glaring as his downturn has kicked into high gear during the exact stretch that the team has taken off. How damning is that? This is not going to end well.

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    Anne Says:

    Good show this week. Curt: hope you got to see some games @ the Nationals Ballpark, because it’s a beautiful venue.

    Glass half full: how sweet would it be to see the boys whup up on Jason Marquis, bein’ home-grown and all, tonight?

    Glass half empty: I was handed the boss’s two tickets for tonight’s game, 10 rows from visitors dugout, with Green Lot Parking, for free — one hour ago. Much like the grand slam ball on Saturday…I threw them back.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mets racked up FIVE errors PLUS they lost a run by missing third base on a would-be RBI. I guess they’ll have to give the NL East crown to whoever sucks the least this year. I honestly hope the Marlins get it if none of the money teams are going to play hard.

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    Curt Says:

    Are we really going to be the team that can’t win at home again? Seriously? Shut down by Jason Marquis? 4 DPs? Great build on that road trip. Yet another flashback to last season.

    And Anne, I didn’t have a chance to see a game. My wife’s family is up there so we are pretty jammed up on a quick trip like this one. I would like to see a game though. I saw one at RFK and it was pretty forgettable.

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    MikeH Says:

    Good show. Hopefully with McCann back, Frenchy will not be pressing as much. I was fine with him being a guy with singles and doubles instead of trying to hit it into the parking lot every swing. I’d rather have a productive .280 or .300 hitter than a freeswing power hitter that his .220.

    Looking forward to seeing Medlen. Anxious to see Hanson too, but Medlen was a little ahead of Hanson as far as when they moved him through the minors and he has pitched lights out so far this year in AAA. Glad to see him get a shot at starting, he’d thought he would be in the majors as a reliever so hopefully he will do well enough to stay in the rotation.

    Course this brings up a “problem” for the Braves. What do they do next year? Assuming Glavine retires … that leaves Lowe, Vasquez (or is his contract up this year), Jurrgens, Kamakazi (who I think we might just have to move to the pen), Hudson will be back, and then Hanson and possibly Medlen. Should be fun to see how it works out.

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    Steve Says:

    After Saturday night and last night, I’m placing a little less stock in the return of McCann and GA being the cure to all of our offense ills. I realize it’s just two games but those past two games were two of the most lifeless and gutless affairs I’ve seen in a long time. Last night looked like end of September and we were 20 games out. AND 7, 8, and 9 simply can’t hit. I mean, my God, throw KJ in there when he’s leading off and the only possibility of a hit is from our 2 – 6. We can’t possibly win that way.

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    Anne Says:

    Dumb girl question of the day regarding Kawakami: so, can it be contractual that he stays in the opening rotation or CAN they put him in the pen (please oh please). I mean, if Jo-Jo can go to the pen — and sent away — anyone who isn’t performing can…right? I would hope that no one is safe, but don’t know what kind of language an alleged superstar can get in their contract deal.

    Let the jokes begin about how everyone apparently IS safe, including Bennett, Carlisle, Moylan, Parr, my grandma, and anyone else who can throw a ball.

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    Steve Says:

    Anne – I’ve never heard of a contract stating that a pitcher must stay in the starting rotation. I just think it’s going to be a while, if ever, before they send him to the bullpen. It is not the Braves way with our high paid free agents (or our moderately paid sucky Right fielders).

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    Steve Says:

    We’ve been rough on Bobby lately (with good reason), but how about that lineup tonight? Pretty exciting. It was actually as if he was managing based on things that were going on around him.

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    Curt Says:

    Steve, Kotchman is inching closer to the lead off spot every game.

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    Leah Says:

    It makes me laugh Steve every time Kotchman works his way up in the line. I think Curt and Hammy should buy you a six pack if he makes it to lead off.

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    Hammy Says:

    I will gladly buy Steve a six pack if Kotchman succeeds at leadoff. In truth, ever since I trashed him a couple of weeks ago, Casey has been one of our best players. I guess I should continue to trash Frenchy then, you know, for the sake of the team.

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    MikeH Says:

    I think Kotchman is best as a three hitter since he should hit around .300 with not a ton of power – but a little pop and lots of doubles. Course Chipper will stay in that spot until the day he retires and rightfully so.

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    Anne Says:

    Jo-Jo out of the pen…is our 11-run lead safe??

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    Leah Says:

    Oh dear…Omar!

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    Steve Says:

    I have felt great pride this week about Kotchman, but I’ve tried to maintain a low profile about it. Leah, thanks for bringing it up. 20 runs in two nights! Happiness.

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    Leah Says:

    What’s the deal with Buddy getting a 4th ball called for “wiping his mouth”? Pitchers lick their fingers all the time.

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    Steve Says:

    Infante’s broken finger is really, really bad news.

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    Curt Says:

    indeed. his value is really unheralded. but that is a big loss. he’s a solid player. he and prado

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    Hamilton Says:

    brutal. any early timetable for return? This hurts. Jenny Craig wishes she could look as thin as the Bravos do now.

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    Steve Says:

    6 to 8 weeks on Infante.

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    Curt Says:

    Lousy homestand continues and we get Halladay tomorrow.

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    Anne Says:

    Thanks for that reminder, Curt. Some weeks ago I took advantage of the “Get a Free Ticket for your Birthday” promotion and decided some interleague play would be good to see. I chose tonight. Not only Halladay, but Kawakami with no run support. When you’re watching TV tonight and seeing the solitary woman sitting in the bleachers in the 9th inning with no one else…that’ll be me. Someday I’m going to a game where we’re not thoroughly trounced. Um, Go Braves. (?)

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    Curt Says:

    Oh, and Chipper heard something pop in his toe last night so we might be doing it all without him in the lineup tonight. have fun. happy birthday.

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    Anne Says:

    My birthday is actually the day after Steve’s…but he’s like 30 years older. The ticket deal is pretty sweet — if you have a birthday, you have a free ticket at some point during the season. Check out their ticket site — it’s true!

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    Curt Says:

    I’m a robot, so I have no birthday

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    Leah Says:

    Go BRAVES! Prado’s the bomb!

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    Leah Says:

    Actually Kotchman’s the bigger bomb for digging out of the dirt.

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    Steve Says:

    I am just stunned by how great that game was. KK looked like a completely different pitcher. All the body english. All the dancing around. And, most importantly, keeping the ball low in the strikezone. His command was so superior to anything we’ve seen all year. And the ABC baseball in the bottom of the 8th (Matty D.!). And, of course, Prado and Klutchman pulling off that play to preserve the win. Heaven.

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    BluesMan6885 Says:

    WOW!!!
    How about Kenshin Kawakami!!!!! Kawa-bunga is right! Now it looks like he’s finally comfortable with the American Major League strike zone…as well as KK being comfortable w/ his fastball (according to B-Mac). I hope he continues to do well and gets quality starts every time!!! OH the depth of our rotation. Muahahahahaha. Great job to Prado, Diaz, Escobar, & Kotchman for doing their part in putting us on the board so KK can notch a ‘W’ for the Bravos. I love games like this! Let’s clinch the series tomorrow!!

    GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. – I enjoyed the show last week…my only comment about what is being widely said about Frenchy is that despite his apparent slump, isn’t he leading the team in RBI’s? That being said…who deserves to be put under the microscope more out of the players?? Jo-Jo the circus clown? KJ? GA? Schafer? Also, I still believe Bobby still has it as a manager, and thankfully he has more to work with this year than last year. It should be noted that we have won more one run ballgames than we have lost (so far this season)…something we were beyond awful at last year, and was a sure sign of our awful finish. All that being said I have faith in this team’s ability to contend. One way or the other; by the end of the All-Star Break the pieces will be in place.

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    BluesMan6885 Says:

    Another point I wanted to make is that I’m really curious as to how the indefinite loss of Omar Infante is going to affect our bench and our team.

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    Leah Says:

    Is that…no…it can’t be. It is Frenchy! Color me…hesitantly happy. And surprised!

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    Anne Says:

    Francoeur just needed to pull up his socks all old-school to play better. Who knew?

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    Steve Says:

    Yeah, how about Frenchy Saturday night? Of course, in today’s game he looked fooled and lost yet again in his first at bat. Ugh. BluesMan – the RBI thing is pertinent to a point, in my opinion. For one, part of it is out of his control because there’ve been lots of guys on base for him. Secondly, 13 of 21 came in April, so his rate is falling.

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    Leah Says:

    Bases loaded in a tied ballgame, who to pull from the bull pen. Of course, Bennett! What?

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    Leah Says:

    Whew…I knew he could do it.

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    BluesMan6885 Says:

    Point taken Steve. He just happens to be in the right part of the lineup to find baserunners more than those above him in the order. Was it you that interviewed Frenchy, or was it Curt or Hamilton?

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    Kenneth Says:

    Jeff Francoeur can not hit RH pitching…and it’s becoming more exposed every year. He had very high Babips in 05-07, and when the luck evened out (and pitchers cottoned on to the hole in his swing), his splits skewed. His mil splits are only about .025 off. It progresses steadily to this year.

    Season Split: vs. RHP AVG 230/OBP 261/SLG327/OPS 588 and vs. LHP AVG 347/OBP 352/SLG 490/OPS 842.

    Career Split: vs RHP 259/299/411/710 vs. LHP 291/337/478/815

    enjoyed the show!

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