May 31, 2009

Show #63: The Offense Continues to Struggle Out West

Medlen’s 3rd start.  Glavine’s potential return.  Frenchy’s downward spiral.  And what to do about the woeful offense?



73 Responses to “Show #63: The Offense Continues to Struggle Out West”

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  1. 26
    Jeff's Agent Says:

    Hall of Fame numbers!!!

  2. 27
    Hamilton Says:


  3. 28
    Leah Says:

    I’m ashamed to say when Frenchy came up to bat in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs I almost turned off the computer. Great game. Fun win. Let’s win some more!

  4. 29
    Bubdylan Says:

    Print Says Leah.

    Heh. (you have to say it out loud…)

    ahem, Play Ball!!!

  5. 30
    Steve Says:

    Bub – have you sworn off DOB’s blog? I don’t see your posts out there anymore. School getting in the way? Or did you change your name? Do tell.

  6. 31
    Bubdylan Says:

    Glavine released? Man, that seems a little shady, even though I think it’s great news thinking strictly of winning ballgames.

    Can’t feel too bad when I remember he left for the Mets.

    Steve, I feel goofy on the DOB blog after getting labeled the Town Clown, like I have to be hilarious with every word. I still read it, though.

  7. 32
    Chris Says:

    Braves got Nate Mclouth from Pittsburgh for Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Morton, and Jeff Locke. Pretty nice swap, from our end I’d say!

  8. 33
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wren’s a beast. Love it.

  9. 34
    Leah Says:

    Glad to hear you guys think it’s a good trade. I feel a little bad about Glavine. I don’t know anything about the guys we traded but McLouth took us to town during the WOEful series against the Pirates. What’s Bobby going to call him?

  10. 35
    Bubdylan Says:

    “What’s Bobby going to call him?”

    Don’t know, but “Clouthy” seems like it would shoot out his false teeth.

  11. 36
    BluesMan Says:

    Given the events over the past couple of days and a lengthy post I typed on Mark Bowman’s blog. I’m going to re-post it here to get your reaction. Below is the post I left on Mark Bowman’s blog:

    As far as the issue concerning Glavine’s release. The front office shot themselves in the knee in how they handled John Smoltz…and they managed to blow the top part of their face (including the frontal lobe of their freakin’ brain) with how they handled Tom Glavine. The man KNOWS the game, he made every effort and compromise w/ the front office so he could play for them and retire a Brave. Mind you…thinking about the big picture and the long term for the Braves organization…it was the right thing to do. But it could’ve gone down a lot better than it did. Based on what I’ve read thus far, Atlanta’s front office has shown ZERO CLASS, & ZERO RESPECT for Tom Glavine. Shame on them for that…they owe Glavine a lot more than that.

    I will give the front office props for the trade for Nate McClouth though…we managed to get something we desperately needed while still managing to hang on to our golden prospects. Last note on the Glavine fiasco…it’s gonna take a long time for them to heal the black eye they’ve given this team for their lack of class w/ Tommy Glavine. The older fans like myself though, will likely never forget it.

    I was pretty ********** w/ Peachtree TV last night because I tuned in to the game to find a black screen. I was elated with how the game turned out. Maybe this miraculous win, is a result of Chipper’s post game interview (@ Citi Field), where he said: “I’d say the Baseball Gods owe us one, I’ve never had anyone slide into my glove and be safe…ever.” Or possibly this is a sign of things to come…maybe, just maybe, the offense is getting turned around. Or it’s a combination of both. I’d like to remain optimistic though and believe that this shows that they are getting better offensively, and McClouth is something we’ve sorely needed.


  12. 37
    BluesMan Says:

    Since I finally found an article that talked about what happened. I have to recant what I said about how the front office handled Glavine. It seems as though he was given every chance to prove he can pitch and they weren’t convinced; so he seems to have made the situation difficult for himself. My apologies to the front office. I was overreacting and ranting based on ignorance.

  13. 38
    Bubdylan Says:

    BluesMan, you’re a scholar and a gent.

  14. 39
    Bubdylan Says:

    Frenchy Flails Flounderingly Following Fair Fundamentals.


  15. 40
    Anne Says:

    “What’s Bobby going to call him?” I don’t think his nicknames usually get too original…my money’s on Natey.

  16. 41
    Steve Says:

    What a crazy, crazy day. I didn’t hear about the Glavine/McClouth/Hanson news until about 7:30 and I’ve been bouncing off the walls ever since. The Glavine thing is tough. It certainly seems like the right baseball move. But it also seems like a hell of a raw deal for him given Game 6, all the rehab, contract restructuring, etc. All the performance comments about Glav are kind of jarring. I took the pitching lines from his last two rehab starts at face value, looked pretty damn good, and assumed we’d see him this weekend or next week. Wow, wow,wow. But I’m absolutely invigorated by the McLouth move and heartened by the aggressive front office moves. I did not believe a bat was coming before mid-July, if at all.

    Love the question about what Bobby will call McLouth, by the way. I’ve been thinking about it and I think that Bobby’s going to throw us all a big curve ball and call him Mr. Slappy Von Stirrup Pants.

  17. 42
    BluesMan Says:

    Thanks for the compliment, Bubdylan. 🙂

  18. 43
    BluesMan Says:

    I enjoyed the show once again last week, thanks to the guys that run the podcast, & the website. After thinking more about Glavine being let go…(from a realistic standpoint) I think he would have to of been ‘lights out’ for Frank Wren to justify keeping Hanson in Gwinnett. I still think we can contend this year if we can get consistent offensively (McClouth should be exactly what we want to bolster the lineup), and if the front office is merciless in keeping the bullpen solid and filthy (by any means necessary). Although the bullpen that appeals to me is Gonzo, Soriano, Moylan, Campillo, Medlen, O’Flaherty, & Bennett (although he choked the game for us in the 11th). I’m confident w/ our rotation though. KK still isn’t quite adjusted, but he’s getting there, he’s at least keeping us in ballgames (which is what we need).

  19. 44
    Hamilton Says:

    What a monumental 24 hours. I feel bad for Glav, but in the end, I think that Wren did what was best for the club. I, too, am glad (and sort of amazed) that he did it so quickly though. Kudos to Frank.

    I am also still holding out hope that we can package Frenchy and another prospect or two for this . . .

    It can happen. Yes, it can.

  20. 45
    Steve Says:

    Oh Hammy – you crazy dreamer. While this, of course, may mean nothing closer to the trade deadline, here’s a quote from Wren, ““We’ll continue to look, but we’re going to watch this team for a while. This was the big move we wanted to make.”

  21. 46
    Hamilton Says:

    Crocodile tears, Stevie. It is all a smoke screen.

  22. 47
    Leah Says:

    Bub, your comment about McLouth’s nickname made me laugh. I’m with Hammy…I want Holliday. I’m just glad to see the front office focusing on baseball and less on feelings. I have feelings and they get hurt everytime we lose. Glavine is awesome but he is now a gamble in his rehab twilight years. I’m ready to say goodbye to the “let’s wait and see” mentality of Braves baseball. I’m all of a sudden excited again. Quick Curt, say something to bring me back to reality.

  23. 48
    Bubdylan Says:

    “I have feelings and they get hurt everytime we lose.” -Leah

    lol, that’s what I’m talkin’ about…

  24. 49
    Curt Says:

    leah, did you see frenchy strike out with the bases loaded last night? i also heard on the radio from Pitt – reports that McClouth is totally overrated and that his gold glove was a travesty. there you go. i’m trying to find the article to link.

  25. 50
    Steve Says:

    I’ve seen that and heard that today – a bunch about his gold glove being a big mistake. The result of a few spectacular plays as opposed to a season full of really solid ones. I say, la dee da dee da. I am in full optimism mode. Cannot wait for the McLouth era to begin. I mean, we’re much better today. Another actual bat in the line up. And speed. Did I mention he’s not an automatic out and won’t potentially break the single season strike out record?

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