111: One Down Five To Go.

With a highly successful April squarely in the rear view mirror, the 2012 edition of the Atlanta Braves appear to have made the monumental collapse of September behind them.

Sadly, it looks as if the Braves stellar pitching staff has developed a case of amnesia too. Maybe they have decided they no longer need to throw shutouts each time out or maybe they have collectively decided they are not going to allow their arms to fall off mid season. Whatever, it appears this Braves team is going to be a grip it and rip it sort of club.

Whichever, as long as they continue to stay near the top of the standings, we will get to view the ageless Chipper Jones suit up for one final post season.

Of course, it is way too early to really draw any conclusions about the 2012 team. We still have not seen them play all of the NL East rivals and upon further review, they have not exactly been world beaters when you think about it. After all, they are 2-4 against the Mets and 1-2 verses the Phillies. They have yet to play the Nats and the Marlins so who knows how they will fare against those two. Currently, Washington looks to be World Series bound and the Malins smell like they have been beached. Still another couple of weeks before we play them and the whole world can change in that amount of time as far as baseball is concerned.

That said, lets hang on for the ride because whatever awaits, it looks to be interesting.

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74 Responses to “111: One Down Five To Go.”


  1. 1 berigan2electricboogaloo May 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for the new blog, international man or woman of mystery!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Gil, from the previous blog, yep, like the high scoring games more…perhaps it’s simply because the Braves don’t look helpless at the plate, like there is no way to get a 2 out hit, or a sac fly. They are hard on bullpens too though, so I guess a few 1-0 games in the favor of the braves a week, with the starters going deep, isn’t too bad a thing to have happen! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. 2 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I watched the Nats put it to the Phillies this afternoon. The Braves are not the only club Washington owns right now.

    And what is with Minor right now? Ouch!!!

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  3. 3 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I don’t know how this team is doing this. Has the mounds been lowered around the league while we were not looking? Shame on me for not staying until the end last night. That said, Heyward really hit a “rainmaker” didn’t he?

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  4. 4 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Excelente mi amigo! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. 5 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Ol’ man river,
    Dat ol’ man river
    He mus’know sumpin’
    But don’t say nuthin’,
    He jes’keeps rollin’
    He keeps on rollin’ along.

    Chipper… ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. 6 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Game is 3PM local time today, glad I will be able to get some sleep tonight. All that aside, I am a bit concerned about the Braves starting pitching. Talking with the guys across the street, it appears that JJ was scratched from his start last night for Gwinnette.

    So, Does Brandon Beachy go for the trifecta today and give up another 6 runs in the first to the Rockies. I’m thinking JJ must have called Frank Wren and told him he was just a week ahead in putting up big numbers.

    Raisins, I don’t know how much longer Chipper can keep up this pace but I’ve got to say I cannot remember seeing him have so much fun playing baseball. Sure makes it fun for everyone else too….

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  7. 7 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Watched the Nats/Phillies game last night. Goes to show you that the Phillies can clown a team pretty quick. Must be the Phils like the National TV spotlight. The Nats had embarrassed Philadelphia two days in a row when no one was watching. That said, Cole Hammels is a beast..

    JJ put up pretty good numbers in his triple A game Sunday. I sure wish I could actually see if it’s him of just the competition he is throwing against.

    Atlanta’s latest cult hero, Evan Gattis, continues his good work begun at Class A lynchburg after being promoted to Pearl Mississippi. At some point, you have to think the kid can just flat out hit… Nothing like taking a few years out of your life to find yourself to get you on the path to success. Has all the makings of a great movie script I would say….

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  8. 8 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

    And of course, Washington’s loss leaves the Braves only 1/2 game out of first. That said, the weekends big story was Fat Albert hit a three run homer… What? Did folks think he would never hit another one? Really???

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  9. 9 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Speaking of Ol’ Man River, try this on for size…

    He is 2nd among NL 3B in RBI (6th overall), and 3rd among NL 3B in HR’s (tied for 13th overall). Oh, if he had enough AB’s, he’d be 2nd in AVG among NL 3B.

    Speaking of AB’s, Chipper has racked up those gaudy power stats in just 66 AB’s.

    Not so shabby.

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  10. 10 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Raisins, Chipper is playing with renewed vigor this year. Amazing I think… Like a runner who gets his second wind as he nears the finish line. We still have quite a bit of the season to go and so many things can happen between now and September but I sure am enjoying the ride…. Don’t know if I can ride the bull for the full 10 seconds but it is a heck of a ride while it last.

    And Jason Werth out for the Nats for 2 to 3 months. Not like he was tearing things up but shows you how quick fortunes can turn… I saw it when he rolled over it last night. It was pretty obvious he had messed it up. Oh, and AGon out with a torn ACL… bummer for a pretty good dude.

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  11. 11 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    V, I checked the other day and wrote this on that jazz forum mentioned this…Chipper is on pace for 104 games, 382 AB’s 29 HR’s 122 RBis, and has a .318 BA. AMAZIN’! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gil, it’s amazing that Phat Albert hadn’t hit a homer into may. Especially since he was tearing it up in Spring training. He is also hitting .196 and was being booed of late…can’t blame the fans….Rangers have likely run away with the AL West, but that was probably going to happen no matter what…

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  12. 12 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Chad Flippin’ Durbin! I’d rather have Deanna Durbin… ๐Ÿ˜ก

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  13. 13 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Not exactly who you would bring to mind when you are looking for a guy to hold ’em close so you have a chance to catch up eh? That said, the Bravos had their chances last night but left guys on base with far too much frequency.

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  14. 14 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Speaking of close…. (note smooth transition) The Phillies remind me of the Washington Redskins the year after they won the Super Bowl… The whole team got old seemingly overnight. Lots of big names on the roster but a step too slow. Not that they couldn’t still win now and then but a big payroll and little to show for it.

    I really like BMac but for some reason, his bat has slowed down just a scootch. I don’t think it would be wise to sign him to a contract of more than 3 years and I am not too sure about that.

    And what of Jonny Venters? Arm finally fall off? Like Easy O, but different?

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  15. 15 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

    And someone finally took the hint and reported on JJ… One might suspect the front office is playing the (not enough time in the majors to qualify for free agency) game with Jair. I can’t think he is throwing any worse than Delgado right now.

    Tough when the bean counters are try to juggle their books all the time.

    And anyone else think it may be time to give Uggla a day off? He is looking kind of lost at the plate right now… I’m pretty sure he will still get paid… (a little joke there)

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  16. 16 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I saw something in the report on JJ that made me cock my head to the side (like a Labrador) and say, “Hmmmm….”

    Fredi, via DOB’s blurb: โ€œIt wasnโ€™t like he was going out on a rehab assignment,โ€ Gonzalez said, meaning that Jurrjens was sent to the minors to work on a lot of things, from conditioning to pitching mechanics. โ€œWithout making this sound cruel, heโ€™s a minor league player right now. Heโ€™s doing his part, and hopefully that continues.โ€

    http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2012/05/07/jurrjens-doing-well-in-triple-a-return-not-imminent/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_braves_blog

    Reading between the lines of all of Fredi’s quotes, it’s obvious that JJ is in Fredi’s doghouse. But conditioning? That is the one thing I didn’t take into consideration, but would certainly explain all of his problems. It’d also explain the team’s lack of patience with him. Managers will tolerate alot of issues, but lack of conditioning generally isn’t one of them.

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  17. 17 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Nice minor league roundup: http://www.talkingchop.com/2012/5/7/3006303/the-gs-have-it-gattis-graham-gartrell-and-garcia-lead-the-way-on-the

    Readers’ Digest version… Gattis good, Terdo bad.

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  18. 18 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    DOB main blog on the AJC is about Gattis, evidently, Freddie G has been keeping tabs on the guy. For all the dissing he has made over JJ, he has absolutely revealed his man crush on Evan.

    See, that is the problem when we see potential lurking, we all get really excited that the Braves might actually have someone in the system who can hit the bomb with regularity.

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  19. 19 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Yo, Ber… Day game today!!!!

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  20. 20 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Good morning fellow “stuffer”… Well, yesterday’s game was a good one. I am disappointed the Braves lost but wow, was Huddy ever on his game. It was really good to see that. He certainly looked like the Hudson of old. You just have to chalk that one up as being on the offense. Have to say, Chipper should have been 3 for 4. He was robbed….

    That said, if Hudson starts pitching like the ace that he is, He is going to be on the winning end of those 1-0 games more often than not.

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  21. 21 Voice of Raisins May 10, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Gotta give Maholm credit, too. He pitched a great game. 1 in 162… not a back breaker.

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  22. 22 berigan2electricboogaloo May 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    “Chad Flippinโ€™ Durbin! Iโ€™d rather have Deanna Durbin!”
    Heh, still cracks me up! ๐Ÿ˜† She is 90 years old…wonder what her fastball is like….
    Missed the game Gil, seems like I picked a good game to miss! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Y’all see that Josh Hamilton hit 4 homers the other night? Wonder how many homers he would have now if he had never tried drugs….

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  23. 23 Voice of Raisins May 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Yes, Ber… I knew that you would have a particular appreciation for the Deanna Durbin reference.

    seems like I picked a good game to miss!

    Actually, it was a very good game. The Braves just came up on the short end. But a good game to watch nonetheless, that is unless you are one of the newbie baseball “fans” that thinks that the only good games are those of the 8-6 variety. You know.. those that think fantasy baseball is real baseball?

    For the life of me, I cannot figure out why the new generation of baseball “watchers” thinks that the only thing worth watching is offense. I’ll just tell ya… yesterday’s game was rife (FOB?) with great pitching and great fielding out of both dugouts. Last I checked, that is 2/3 of the game.

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  24. 24 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Not to mention it was over in a very Maddux like 2 hours… Yes, a well pitched and well played game.

    Yeah, the Deena Durbin thing was above my pay grade but I figured it out for what it was.

    So, nothing left to do but to tip our caps Like cow tipping, but different….

    I thought Mark Bradley had a pretty good column in the AJC this morning.

    Raisins. I have no clue as to how fantasy baseball works

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  25. 25 Voice of Raisins May 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I have no clue as to how fantasy baseball works

    I know how it works, just not sure why

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  26. 26 berigan2electricboogaloo May 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

    speaking of fantasy baseball, and “new” baseball in general…”they” keep trying to say closers aren’t all that important…yet look at the Yankees…all of the sudden, not having that its in the bag closer, now they are in trouble…funny…
    I did get to finally see the highlights of the game(I seem to be a day behind on baseball tonight, all the time-watch while riding my stationary bike) looks like it was a pip of a game. (Blog first? Blog last? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    Gil, I still owe you an email…

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  27. 27 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay guys, 8:30ish game tonight. Hoping we see the major league Minor, not the minor league Minor… Thinking he is due for a good start, the real quest I guess is will the offense produce. Don’t mind if there are lots of great pitchers in the league, just time for them to stop padding their stats against the Bravos.

    By the way, getting better everyday now. I push to do a little more each day. Hurts like heck but what do they say, no pain no gain?…

    I still look very awkward when trying to walk unassisted but when I think of hence I came, it a gold star for sure… Still not doing marathons but golf within a couple of years might be a possibility.

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  28. 28 Voice of Raisins May 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    And it appears that Peachtree TV and Dish Network have worked out their squabble. That means I get to watch the Braves on the weekend now. Yay!!!

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  29. 29 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Hey! Hey! Hey!

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  30. 30 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2012 at 6:55 am

    …ward

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  31. 31 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

    That was a heck of a ballgame folks. I thought Mike Minor deserved a better fate but that would have required an umpire who had a clue as to the actual strike zone. It was the kind of game Ber lives for, lots of offense but it was not a sloppy game. The Cards are tough though. Looks like Beltran is finally well.

    And the St Louis fans giving Chipper a standing O in the first. That was a very classy thing for 45,000 fans to do but did not the Atlanta fans show the same courtesy towards Craig Biggio last year. For sure, you will never have to confuse a Mets fan with a Cardinals’ fan.

    So, was the Braves pitching that bad or the Cardinals hitting that good?

    Jonny Venters has become human again…. Sigh, you just can’t use a guy until his arm falls off and expect him to remain stellar…

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  32. 32 berigan2electricboogaloo May 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

    That was a GAME last night, was it not? Livan has guts and smarts, if not stuff…but we will have to get another arm(perhaps from within) or two if this team wants to make a real run….
    We St. Louisans are pretty classy, ain’t we??? ๐Ÿ˜›
    Gil, that was nice for braves fans to cheer Biggio last year, but it would have been even nicer had they done it in 2007, his last season! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Yes, I had to look up the year….I just knew it wasn’t last year. Oh, what would you do without an annoying fact checker like me around? Wait, don’t answer that! ๐Ÿ˜•
    Gil, I think the answer is a bit of both…Cards are homering like crazy (You guys just don’t know what it was like to root for them in the late 70’s/early 80s when they couldn’t hit homers, if their lives depended on it…lets look at 1979. Ted Simmons, 26 HR’s (in 123 games, some pitcher broke his wrist, and kept him from the biggest year of his career) next? Ol Silent George Hendrick with 16. Then Keith Hernandez with 11 (He did hit .344 that year)All stuff I remember right off the top of my head. Yep…and if believe that…I’ve got a bridge you might be interested in…

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  33. 33 berigan2electricboogaloo May 12, 2012 at 10:52 am
  34. 34 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    but we will have to get another arm(perhaps from within) or two if this team wants to make a real run

    Two words: Roy Oswalt

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  35. 35 berigan2electricboogaloo May 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Interesting…I was thinking more bullpen related…but, we don’t really have a true #1, IMO. Hudson will pitch his heart out…but I don’t know that he can beat every other #1. Anyway, Roy, with a fresh arm might be that guy…

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  36. 36 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    DOB is reporting that the Braves have signed Felix Pie and assigned him to AAA Gwinnett. I wonder what our old friend Jimmy thinks of this signing…

    Oh the humanity!

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  37. 37 Carolina Lady May 12, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Wow. Wish I could have seen that O given to Chipper! Maybe somebody has a video clip of it. Salute, St Louis! Thank you very, very much!

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  38. 39 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Happy Mothers Day CL….

    Ber, it is why they pay fact checkers…. Because I was too lazy to look it up myself… But has it really been that long? Wow, time really does fly doesn’t it?

    Great game by Beachy last night, told you he was a stud…

    Day game today, not playing into the Braves favor that…

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  39. 40 Salty May 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

    โ€œChad Flippinโ€™ Durbin! Iโ€™d rather have Deanna Durbin!โ€
    Heh, still cracks me up! She is 90 years oldโ€ฆwonder what her fastball is likeโ€ฆ.

    It can’t be confirmed, but there are rumors she’s who taught Jamie Moyer his. But…could just be a rumor!

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  40. 41 Salty May 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Happy Mother’s Day, CL!

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  41. 42 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Salty, LOL!

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  42. 43 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Happy Mothers day CL!
    Josh Hamilton and David Wright…both are hitting .402

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  43. 44 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Great finish to a great road trip, who’ld of thunk it? And the Reds swat the Gnats on a three homer day by Joey Votto. The last being a walk off grand salami … whew… the Braves take over first place…. Is it going to be like this all summer?

    Who in the world thought up 2 game series? Reds in for an overnighter. Then the Fish for a pair. Very screwy scheduling if you ask me.

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  44. 45 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Josh Hamilton and David Wrightโ€ฆboth are hitting .402

    Can’t last but it is a heck of a start isn’t it.

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  45. 46 Voice of Raisins May 14, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I think what impresses me most about this road trip is not only did they bookend it with sweeps, but swept the Cards in St. Louis when the Cards were the only other peer the Braves had as far as “hotness” over the last 3-4 weeks. No slouches there. One of the highest scoring offenses in MLB, and our staff handled them pretty well. Bodes well for the boys in The A, don’t you think?

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  46. 47 berigan2electricboogaloo May 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

    V, it really does. I can nitpick, like why are starters thowing 97 pitches in 5 innings(and why can’t they still go one more inning?) but if the braves keeps scoring(and it doesn’t have to be 7 a game, 4-5 will work as well) starters can at least least go 7 since you don’t have to hit for them in the 5th or 6th since you are down 2-1 all the time.
    Gil, it amazes me to see what Josh is doing right now…I just wish he’d be smarter…he dove into 1st not once, but twice a few nights ago! Nothing wrong with playing hard, but who played harder than Pete Rose? Yet he didn’t seem to forever separate shoulders/break things doing that…has to be a fine line…
    Really amazes me that I didn’t even know David Wright was on fire…I watch Baseball tonight every night, and believe it or not, hadn’t heard a thing about him hitting the cover off the ball of late. They not only have an east coast bias, it’s east coast and AL bias. The Nats get at least a little love…
    Hmm…David Wright is 29…too much to hope the braves could make him a competitive offer this offseason????

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  47. 48 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Ber, David Wright will be way too expensive for the current Braves ownership. I’m pretty sure he will want Albert Prujols like numbers too. Mets will re-sign him because they will be able to afford him.

    I think David Wright and the Mets in general will always be playing in the shadow of the Yankees. Always lots of room on the bandwagon and the Yankees have one of the biggest.

    Brando Inge would have been a great player for the Braves to have picked up to platoon with Chipper but Brandon wanted to be an eveyday player. He is getting that chance with Oakland. Making Billy Beane look like a genius isn’t he?

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  48. 49 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Bummer…. huh?

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  49. 50 Voice of Raisins May 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Monday…

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  50. 51 berigan2electricboogaloo May 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Yep, bummer….
    Gil, I thought the way the tigers treated Brando Inge was strange. He had been there his whole career…he had to move to 2nd, was injured early, came back and was released after going 2 for 20. One of his hits was a bomb to straightaway center 450 + feet I believe (it stuck with me because a week later he was released) now, granted, he hasn’t torn the cover off the ball recently but he was beyond on fire for the A’s…at least for a week. After all, if your name can be linked with Lou Gehrig, even if it’s for a few games, that has to feel good!
    http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/05/13/is-brandon-inge-the-next-lou-gehrig/

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  51. 52 Carolina Lady May 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Hi, guys! Thanks for remembering me on Mother’s Day! โค

    And, boy, am I kicking myself!! SALTY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY – even if it was nearly a month ago! No excuses, either…. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I know the way to the dog house….

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  52. 53 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I have kept up with Brandon Inge because he was a player for VCU. Makes him a kind of local boy..

    I think he has been in the dog house with Detroit for a couple of seasons now. I also thought he would be a good platoon guy for the Braves with Chipper but you know…

    Anyway, nice bounce back tonight against the Reds. Back in first. It would be nice to take two from the Fish before starting inter-league play. Cannot let those guys get too close.

    It is going to be interesting for the Braves playing Tampa. Wish I could go…

    CL, are we still celebrating birthdays? I thought I would skip a few myself so I could begin subtracting… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  53. 54 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am

    So, the Angles fire their hitting coach, Micky Hatcher. I think it is the modern day version of throwing a virgin into the volcano…. Poor Micky, I guess the have to blame somebody and he was the likely candidate. After all, no way it’s Albert’s fault…

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BBA_ANGELS_HATCHER_FIRED?SITE=VARIT&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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  54. 55 Voice of Raisins May 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Here’s a question up for discussion…

    What do the Braves do at the trade deadline this year? Frank admittedly kept a few $$$ under his pillow for mid-season adjusting, but what do they adjust? The offense is clicking on all cylinders, and has been since game #5. There are no real holes in the lineup or on the field. The bench has been productive. The rotation looks pretty good, and JJ still lingers at Gwinnett. The ‘pen, with the exception of Chad “Home Run Derby-n”, has been fine, and Petey has his 1st bullpen session scheduled for today. He’ll be back before mid-season.

    Prediction: no prediction. Too many moving pieces. So much depends on how Juan Francisco develops, and on how optimistic Frank is that he can re-sign Bourne. Alot depends on how JJ re-establishes himself as a major league talent.

    I think that Frank has to address a permanent 3B replacement. Terdo is flaming out in AAA and is not likely to be the answer. The jury is still out on JuanFran. I’ll say this for him… he doesn’t get cheated on swings. Dude is up hackin’.

    What say y’all?

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  55. 56 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

    So, how long before the deadline? Who has what and who throws in the towel by mid-season? Of course, the biggest question is who stays healthy? At least we won’t have to worry about Wren giving away the farm in a Texiera type trade will we?

    I’d say the Braves would likely add another bullpen arm. Can’t have too many of those down the stretch. I am not so sure Everyday Jonny hasn’t become used up. Maybe Every Other Week Jonny now… Most likely a labrum problem… I know, I hate to be the barer of bad news but that is what it looks like to me.

    Juan has too long a swing for my liking. I guess you could call him Long Wand… I know, bad pun…

    I’m thinking Kris Medlen should be moved into Venter’s spot as the eight inning guy but then, It looks like O’Flarerty may have already taken over that role.

    Perhaps the real question is who is desperate for what the Braves have to offer? And what might that be?

    Oh, and on Moylan, I will have to wait and see if he is able to come back yet again. Seriously, shoulder surgery is the death kneel of pitchers now that science has figured out how to fix elbows.

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  56. 57 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

    The one thing the Braves do not have is a “ground ball” sinker type specialist one always needs in the bullpen for when a double play is needed to get out of an inning. I’m pretty sure there is a guy out there somewhere who fits that bill.

    And silly Nats fans, thinking Strasburg will throw a shutout every time out. He is still a rookie if you ask me. A good rookie but a rookie nether the less.

    First real look at the Marlins. I’m thinking they will not be coming back on the Braves like they did the Mets. Problem for us is to get out in front of these guys early.

    And last but not least, you never can have too many good hitters…. Think we can kidnap Adam Jones when Baltimore shows up? If not, the Braves might have to pay Bores his asking price for Bourne.

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  57. 58 Voice of Raisins May 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Speaking of Bourne, that brings up BIG question #2:

    Who do you spend your 2013 surplus cash on, Mac or Bourne?

    Mac has been the heart of this team for a few years now. He’s about to get his lifetime achievement award after 2013, but given the $$ that St. Louis gave Yadier, it’s gonna take a boatload of cash over many years to keep him. Can you give that much – or better yet that length – to a catcher? If we used a DH it’d be a no-brainer. Turn it around on Bourne, who is hitting his prime and his stride, and who could be productive over the length of a long contract, and that is likely the better investment.

    Add the little intangible that you don’t have to address Mac until after 2013. Bourne is immediate.

    That’s a toughie right there…

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  58. 59 berigan2electricboogaloo May 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Yep, a real toughie there! I think it depends what kind of year BMac has…sadly, a subpar year might help..then again, if he has a great 2013…hmmm.
    As for the team…if the starters don’t go further into games, we will have to get a bullpen arm or 2. Remember, Livan is doing a swell job, but he’s 58 and hasn’t pitched out of the bullpen before…

    Oh, by the way, if all goes well, will see my first game in person since 2007 tonight! I’ll try to take some pics! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  59. 60 Voice of Raisins May 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Outstanding, Ber. Have a great time! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  60. 61 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Good for you Ber, wish I was there….

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  61. 62 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2012 at 7:30 am

    sniff, sniff… pewwww… smells like defeat…. Young pitching can really be all over the place can’t it?

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  62. 63 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Heh…yep, it smelled like defeat at the park too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was still fun at the ol’ park though. (I’ll upload photos later on today/tonight)
    It did feel like we had a chance…for a bit…Francisco probably shouldn’t have gone for 3, but it took perfect 2 perfect throws to get him…
    as for Minor…this is the 4th straight start giving up at least 6 runs…at what point do you send him down with JJ?

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  63. 64 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Julio Teheran’s numbers look pretty good right now…
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=tehera001jul

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  64. 65 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Hmm, JJ doesn’t appear ready, does he???
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=jurrje001jai

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  65. 66 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Wow…ok, this is it, last link…but man, JJ is far from coming back at this juncture…
    http://www.sportspagemagazine.com/content/baseb/mp-baseb/art-mp-baseb/buffalo-pounds-jurrjens-g-braves-14-7.shtml?52699

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  66. 67 Voice of Raisins May 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Minor started out awesome, and has since sucked pretty badly. I will not be surprised at all if he’s sent down. Frank and Fredi have certainly shown they do that with an inneffective pitcher, eh?

    Speaking of JJ, he is beginning to epitomize “million dollar talent, ten cent head”.

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  67. 68 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Wow, a really superbly pitched game by Brandon Beachy last night. He looked about as I have seen him to date. When they start tossing your name around with the likes of Maddux and Glavin, you might believe he has arrived. The offense took a lot of pressure off but he was vintage last night.

    By the way, David Ross may be the funniest guy on the team. I am not sure as to how glib he might be but I see a career in broadcasting ahead for him when he hangs them up for the Braves. You never know how a team need to be put together or how much the are willing to spend but in my opinion, guys like Ross and Henski are invaluable to the chemistry of a club.

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  68. 69 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Yes, yes, yes and yes.

    Brandon Beachy was outstanding last night, and the scary thing is that he is still improving. Adding the changeup, which he is still perfecting, makes him deadly. He is becoming the ace of the staff. Last night on the MLB Network, Mike Lowell was asked who the best pitcher in the NL was right now, and he said, “Brandon Beachy”.

    Wow. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Here’s what Beachy does that is so Greg Maddux-like: he uses both sides of the plate with pinpoint accuracy. Here’s what he does that is so Tom Glavine-like: he mixes speeds consistently. And when he drops that breaking ball on top of that, it makes the batters just walk away scratching their heads.

    Some credit has to be given to Brian McCann, who calls a great game behind the plate. But Beachy is emerging, and not in such a meteoric way that it might be the exception, not the norm. (JJ ?) No, this kid is for real. Next year could well be the year when the Braves have Beachy, Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Randall Delgado, Mike Minor and Julio Teheran (notice: no Jair Jurjjens in the mix here) all major league ready. I don’t believe JJ will finish the season in a Braves affiliate. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Braves dangle Hanson this offseason. As hard as it is to imagine letting such a young talent get away, the thought of Beachy, Hudson, Delgado, Teheran and Minor or even Kris Medlen doesn’t exactly hurt anybody’s feelings. And don’t forget about young southpaw Sean Gilmartin, who is likely only a year or 2 away.

    You know what’s really scary? Just 2 or 3 years ago we were having the same conversation about JJ and Hanson. Nowhere did anybody get excited about Brandon Beachy. He just made a steady trip through the system before blossoming at the right time. Is there another one down there under the radar? Could be… could be…

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  69. 70 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Nowhere did anybody get excited about Brandon Beachy

    Sigh, how soon we forget….. I try to keep you guys alerted. ๐Ÿ™‚

    https://bravesandstuff.wordpress.com/2011/03/

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  70. 71 Carolina Lady May 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    LOL As I was reading the last posts about Beachy, Gil, I kept remembering “Beachy is Peachy”. Lordy, I wish I could see these games!! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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  71. 72 berigan2electricboogaloo May 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Gil, you the man! ๐Ÿ™‚
    but, you already knew that, didn’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‰ You should have been a scout…You probably would have chosen Mike Trout before Minor(how someone like Trout fell to 25th pick, is beyond me)

    the Rays are a very good team, in case y’all didn’t know that! ๐Ÿ™„ So, beating them is another sign this team is very solid.

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  72. 73 Gil in Mechanicsville May 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Sigh, poor Delgado, just misses and WHAM!!! another loss. All part of the maturing process. To be honest, a little more offense might have made a difference.

    Good match up tomorrow. Of course, those supposed pitchers’ duels have a way of ending up 10-9 slugfest before all is said and done.

    Come on Red Sox, come on Os…

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  73. 74 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

    NEW BLOG UP!!!!!!

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