128: And It Begins Again

by Gil Elliott 'Gil from Mechanicsville'

by Gil Elliott
‘Gil from Mechanicsville’

So, here we are again, the annual rite of spring, opening day of Major League Baseball. Okay, so the Dodgers and Diamondbacks got a jump on everyone by going down under in a convoluted scheme by the commissioner to expand the brand of MLB by playing a three day set in Australia. So, the Dodgers are up by 3 and Arizona is mired deep in the cellar of the NL West and everyone else is still busy unpacking and repacking as they prepare for the 2014 season.

However, since this is a Braves site, I won’t waste a lot of time worrying about the other 29 teams in MLB, I am going to focus primarily on this blog’s namesake. So, without further ado, let’s discuss the pluses and minuses of the Braves’ 2014 addition. First the pluses. Location, location, location…. or in baseball speak, the schedule. As opposed to last season when the Braves has one of the toughest schedules to begin the year, this season, Atlanta faces one of the easiest schedules. I’m not saying the Braves will win three out of every four games but at least they should not be mired 10 games behind the Nationals by April 10th. Is that even possible?



The Bravos who are clearly wounded by the double whammy of Kris Medlin and Brandon Beachy going down on successive days to elbow injuries, the Braves went from pitching rich to pitching poor almost over night. At least the braves were fortunate to have Ervin Santana still available for a late spring acquisition. While Santana might never be confused as a Greg Maddux level signing, he certainly may prove to be the guy who saves Christmas for the Bravos this season.



Mike Minor and his “Damn Brother, I don’t Think I would Have Told That” condition/injury which I am sure must have been both painful and embarrassing for him. I think I would have just said I got dropped kicked in the family jewels in a bar fight and been done with it. Anyway, at least it is not an elbow….. He should be back by May and along with off season trade pick-up Gavin Floyd, who is also returning from Tommy John surgery should give the 2014 Braves a much different look as far as their pitching staff goes. After all, a starting staff of Ervin Santana, Mike Minor, Gavin Floyd, Julio Teheran and Alec Wood/Arron Harrang seems infinitely more intimidating, at least on paper, than one of Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Arron Harrang and David Hale.



Of course, you just never know. Every team is on small tendon away from being on tap to being an also ran. The Braves still have a potentially strong bullpen staff. One which is the main difference between them and 20 or so other major league teams. Not saying there are not so weak links but getting back a strong Jonny Venters for the second half could be a real difference maker.



And think, we have not even begun to talk about the Braves’ offense. That could be the real difference this season for the Bravos. A rejuvenated Dan Uggla appears to be set to finally be the guy Frank Wren traded away play maker Omar Infante for. $13 million dollars a season is not that big a contract these days as far as professional baseball players go but for the Braves, it is a significant chunk of coin. Along with BJ Upton who without question was the biggest disappointment for Atlantan’s since Sherman broke thru the defenses of John B Hood in 1864, Uggla and BJ both appear ready to finally pay off on Wren’s investments.



Ryan Doumit also looks to be a good off season pick-up for Atlanta. A guy who has power and can play several different positions as well as catch give the Braves some protection against Evan Gattis not being able to live up to last year’s storybook season. I’ll be honest, I think Evan will get off to a bit of a slow start because he has not had the opportunity to get his timing down this spring. Remember, last year Evan won a spot due to his red hot bat which had the benefit of some winter ball to get him going. This year, we learned El Orso Blanco had off season surgery on his left knee. Who knew it was a problem? No one ever mentioned it last season. Still, the Braves will miss BMac but all and all, I think the Braves will be okay at the back stop position.



Freddie Freeman has been red hot all spring, he looks to be finally become the Super Star a lot of us all thought he would be. Personally, I have thought Fab 5 has been overlooked by a lot of folks as far as his value to the team. A lot of balls are snagged by Freddie that go as throwing errors for the rest of the infield whenever someone else occupies the 3 spot.




Jason Heyward has looked strong this spring and is poised to be the biggest and strongest lead off man in the majors. Put that in with a gold glove defense and I think we will finally see J-Hay begin a string of All-Star appearances. The other brother from a different mother (and father) Justin Upton hopefully will play with a little more fire. He can be really, really good at times but he sure can give appearances of being lackadaisical at times.

Simba keeping up his excellent glove work as well as the improved play of Chris Johnson at third can really benefit the Atlanta pitching staff. While I think it will be really difficult for CJ to repeat his 2013 season as far as his batting average is concerned, Andrelton’s continued maturity at the plate should make up for it. Simmons has surprising power but it is his low OBP which is worrisome.

The Braves have a strong bench with Doumit, Pena, Laird, Schafer and Pasternicky. The one thing the Braves lack is an extra power bat from the left side. Did we ever think that would be the case? After being lefty heavy for so many years?

So, let the games begin! Try not to get too high or too low because as we have seen for so many seasons, things can change in the blink of an eye. Riding high in April, shot down in May…. So true, especially in baseball. 162 games of nail biting and then there are the play offs but first you have to throw out the first pitch.



465 Responses to “128: And It Begins Again”

  1. 1 Carolina Lady March 30, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Great job, Gil! Thanks from all of us! Excellent points to hang on to with hope.


  2. 2 Vox O'Raison March 30, 2014 at 7:11 pm



  3. 3 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks CL, kudos to the graphics department for helping me look presentable


  4. 5 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Another Kerry Lightenberg maybe?


  5. 6 berigan2electricboogaloo March 30, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Excellent work as always Gil! πŸ™‚
    Good point about Gattis having all winter to play the year before…hopefully, when he does warm up, he will be able to stay warm longer, since he won’t have played all those winter games….
    Ryan Doumit…..I still think he could be a starter, and if he gets some chance to play, he may bring something worthwhile, along with a prospect.
    Would feel better about trading him, than Gattis. If Gattis shows he can hit again(and honestly, from a purely catching / fielding the ball aspect, I think he was already as good if not better than McCann) I’d hate to trade Gattis….unless we are waaaaay out of the playoff hunt, and can get a real #1 or #2 starter….


  6. 7 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2014 at 9:14 am

    So, Harold Rynolds, late of the MLB Network, is moving to Fox. I really like Harold’s commentary. He will be replacing Tim McCarver in the booth on Fox telecast and that is not a bad thing. Sorry, but I have never been a big fan of McCarver. Of course, I grew up watching Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese do the game of the week so I was spoiled.


  7. 8 Vox O'Raison March 31, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Yeeeaahhh!! πŸ˜€ Opening Day baby!!!


  8. 9 Vox O'Raison March 31, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Braves Opening Day lineup:

    1- JHey , RF
    2- BJ, CF
    3- Freddie, 1B
    4- CJohnson, 3B
    5- JUp, LF
    6- Uggla, 2B
    7- Gattis, C
    8- Simba, SS
    9- Julio, RHP

    Let’s go!!


  9. 10 Vox O'Raison March 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Pre-game!! πŸ˜€


  10. 11 JoAnn Brooks Elliott March 31, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Baseball time is here again, this must mean it is spring! What will the Braves do this year, we will find out in September. Winter is gone and now it is time to play ball. Batter up, let’s go boy’s, time to play some ball. ❀


  11. 12 berigan2electricboogaloo March 31, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Gil, didn’t know that about Harold Reynolds,…just saw him on their prediction show yesterday….just looked it up, he will do Fox games, and stay on MLB TV as will Tom Verducci….very smart move to allow them to work on both channels. And have always thought Harold got a raw deal at ESPN (I do NOT know the story, but they apparently don’t allow men to talk to women…or something like that-he and the former Mets GM were fired for Sexual harassment, but Monday Night Football guy Mike Tirico, keeps his job…lookup his pattern of true sexual harassment, ) Anyway, Harold should do a great job…


  12. 13 berigan2electricboogaloo March 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Tell you what guys, much more afraid of the Mutts, than the Phillies….they got two great prospects for R.A. Dickey….And the Marlins…heard they had an intrasquad game with 12 pitchers that throw 97 to 100….the NL East is the beast division now…IMO


  13. 14 berigan2electricboogaloo March 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    But, whatever….Braves Baseball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚


  14. 15 Vox O'Raison March 31, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    2-0 bad guys in the 6th. Need to get some runs on the board, boys!


  15. 16 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Okay, top of the eight and the Braves’ pitchers apparently need to sue the batters for non-support.


  16. 17 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Yes Ber, the Mutts are going to surprise some people but I think they are a year away from being a serious threat for the NL East but they will beat some people.


  17. 18 Vox O'Raison March 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Pitching was good. Bats were not. In fairness, Govanny pitched well. But he made a couple of mistakes, and we failed to capitalize. Teheran pitched just as well, made a couple of mistakes, and they did capitalize. And there’s your summary…


  18. 19 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Auuuggghhh! Mired in the cellar already πŸ˜›


  19. 20 Carolina Lady April 1, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Here’s a site I stumbled on this evening – this guy PAINTED all of these magnificent portraits of some baseball greats from way back. Just stunning!! Take a moment and check them out!



  20. 22 Vox O'Raison April 1, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I see new faces to the left every day it seems. Much fun, CL. Much fun. πŸ™‚


  21. 23 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Off to the Rivah today. have already called my satellite internet provider to reactivate my connection for the summer. All the comforts of home really except my office. Of course today is the day we get to make sure no critters have moved in over the winter months….. It’s like spring traing, but different…

    I thought the Braves bats just were not timely enough yesterday. Poor Evan, he really looks to be struggling with a bat this year. Too much on his plate too worry about hitting but the Braves need his bat if they are to have a chance.

    The Braves just missed on several pitches but that is the name of the game isn’t it? To make sure you can keep the other guy in the park?

    I kind of dreaded the Braves beginning the season in Milwaukee. They just do not seem to match up well against them for some reason.

    Pretty amazing art work CL. Oh how I wish I had his talent…


  22. 24 Carolina Lady April 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Vox, I redid the “lineup” on the left. Glad you enjoy it! Bet you can name every one of them!

    Gil, that guy is probably the talented artist I’ve seen in MANY years! I like his format of telling the player’s story like a newspaper. Just very well done. And those faces!! God gave him that talent. Couldn’t have come from any other source!

    Think Gattis is just too anxious about this year? He began with such a bang last year, he might be up tight about maybe not being able to do it again. Youth and inexperience. I hope as the year settles in, he’ll be able to regain his footing.

    Keep me posted on what happens in the games. Except for the rare game shown on regular broadcasting, I can’t see them. πŸ˜₯


  23. 25 Vox O'Raison April 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I can name a bunch of them, but not all of them… yet. That’s the fun of it. πŸ™‚ I’ll get ’em all before too long.


  24. 26 Vox O'Raison April 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Happy Birthday Phil “Knucksie” Niekro!! 75 years young today.


  25. 27 Vox O'Raison April 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm


  26. 28 berigan2electricboogaloo April 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    That guy has some real talent CL! Thanks for the link….
    love the guys on the side….wow, Rick Camp, and Bedrock, impressed you could even find photos of them! πŸ˜‰


  27. 29 berigan2electricboogaloo April 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I thought Gattis put in a pretty good AB that ended the game….3-2 changeup, that’s tough to hit….or take if it turned out to be a fastball….


  28. 30 Carolina Lady April 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I’m really happy that y’all are enjoying the pictures. Some are really hard to find! That’s how I stumbled across the artist’s site above. What talent!! One day I hope I can find out what my talent it…. πŸ™‚


  29. 31 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    8:10 PM game tonight, 1:10 Wednesday. Works out go for me as far as my TV scheduling.

    Enjoying the cool of the evening sitting in front of the fire place tonight. CL, you should not have discouraged me from buying that place in North Carolina three or four years ago…. Sigh!… Still looking for the perfect retirement home… and not one where I will be “in” a retirement home…

    Talent? CL, you jest, you have loads of talent, being the sweet person you are! Unlike myself who is the original Grumpy!


  30. 32 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Ber, I saw that pitch coming when Gattis was 3 and 2. Same pitch Uggla could not lay off last season.


  31. 33 Vox O'Raison April 1, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    And there ya go. Great pitching, timely hitting, and Craig being Craig. Braves win.


  32. 34 Carolina Lady April 2, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Oops! Sorry, Grum – I mean, Gil. But North Carolina is rapidly becoming the NORTH of the South, if you get my drift. The town of Cary, just outside of Raleigh, is called Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees. πŸ˜† By THEM! πŸ˜† It’s just too crowded and overrun now – and we don’t even have a Braves team anywhere nearby. ESPN et al show only Orioles, Yankees, etc. *sigh* And hopefully, I’m already in my retirement home. Just got a new roof on it, so now the angels don’t have to stand Rain Duty to keep it from getting wet now. But I’m willing to share with you and Miss Josie! Fireplace works but I got tired of dealing with all the wood stuff – and asthma doesn’t really like woodsmoke anyway.

    I appreciate your super-kind words, Gil! Thank you!


  33. 35 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Ah. my will to live has been restored…. The Braves will not go 0-162 this season and apparently, they will not be shut out. The three run homer is a beautiful thing but a two run dinger and two solo shots will suffice.

    My, how could I have doubted Kimbrel? Of course, that slider of his still needs to be harnessed but evidently his fastball is unhittable. Not like the batters did not know it was coming.

    Other than the ambush first pitch by Alex Wood, I thought he really pitched well. Quite a performance for such a raw rookie.


  34. 36 Vox O'Raison April 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

    A great performance by the Bulldog indeed. (Y’all did know he pitched just 20 minutes up the road here at UGA, right?) Hey, who didn’t know he’d throw a first pitch fastball down the middle to open the game? I just didn’t expect it to get walloped. Oh well, at least this time we didn’t have to clock Gomez with a calendar going around the bases.


  35. 37 Vox O'Raison April 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Harang throws a 93 MPH heater past Gomez for a K to end the 3rd. Harang throws a 93 MPH heater. Think about that. Oh, and Millie has no hits (only 1 BB) through said 3rd inning. Way to go Harang!! πŸ˜€


  36. 38 Vox O'Raison April 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    After 5, neither team has a hit. Each team has had 1 baserunner via walk. It doesn’t surprise me with Garza. It does with Harang. He’s looked phenomenal.


  37. 39 Vox O'Raison April 2, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    And the beat goes on for both pitchers after 6. Amazing.


  38. 40 berigan2electricboogaloo April 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Drat….Thought it was 8 pm game since it was 2 pm then 8, thought another 8…I was wrong.
    Wow, wish I could have seen Harang pitch! 93??? If he can be effective, and healthy, that would be huge!


  39. 41 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Quite a baseball game today for a purest (read: someone who loves good pitching). I’ll be honest and say, I’m impressed… One, great performance by Harang, two, nice swing on a ball down by Chris Johnson (not bad for a throw in) ans three, two really great plays in right field by Jason Heyward. Freddie saved Uggla’s butt with a nice grab on errant throw too.


  40. 42 Vox O'Raison April 3, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Courtesy of Mr. O’B:

    Braves claimed reliever [RHRP] Pedro Beato off waivers from Reds. Corresponding move to come Fri.

    How can you not like a guy whose name is Beato? The 29 year old Beato had a 3.60 ERA in 10 appearances with the BoSox last season. He has 81 career appearances in parts of 3 seasons with the Mets and Sox.

    Buchter is likely the odd man out of the pen when Beato is activated before Friday’s game in DC.


  41. 43 Carolina Lady April 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Which is your favorite picture on the left? Me? Gallarrga. Isn’t that one typical of him?


  42. 44 Vox O'Raison April 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    That’s a good ‘un. I like the Murph pic too.


  43. 45 berigan2electricboogaloo April 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    CL, did you actually find a photo of Ted Simmons in a braves uni??? (Above Joe Torre) Or is it someone else? If it’s the original Simba, thanks Kindly! πŸ™‚
    I like the photo of Maddux looking out of the corner of his eyes….seems to fit the mischievous character he was off the field.
    Oh, who is between to Milwaukee players with a Blue hat and a White A? (2 below Justice) funny, at first I thought it was Billy Martin, but the braves are one of few teams he didn’t manage! πŸ˜‰


  44. 46 Carolina Lady April 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Yep, that’s Ted Simmons himself!
    I like that shot of Maddux, too. Looks so mischievous.

    Two below Justice. Anybody want to guess?


  45. 47 Gil in Mechanicsville April 3, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Walt Wiess?


  46. 48 Vox O'Raison April 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    It ain’t Chino Cadahia…


  47. 50 Vox O'Raison April 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Uh, that just says that the Braves optioned Buchter to AAA to make room for Beato.


  48. 51 Carolina Lady April 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Gil: nope
    Vox: nope

    hint: Braves got one heck of a trade in exchange for him.


  49. 52 Vox O'Raison April 4, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Aha! 😯 Got it. Great clue…

    And I looked over the complete rosters for each team from 1982 through 1986, the years that the Braves donned that particular cap, and didn’t pick him out.

    Good one!


  50. 53 Vox O'Raison April 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

    1:05pm start today!!!!!!


  51. 54 Vox O'Raison April 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Carp just made a money pitch to strike out Bryce Harper with the tying run on 2B (and go ahead run on 1B) to end the 8th inning. Stellar!


  52. 55 Vox O'Raison April 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Well, after the first turn through the cobbled together rotation, I’d think Braves fans ought to be pretty darn happy. Teheran, Woody, Harang and Hale all looked outstanding in their first tilts. The Braves pitchers as a whole have allowed only 5 runs in 4 games. Folks, that’s dealin’.


  53. 56 Gil in Mechanicsville April 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    After repeatedly reminding myself that today’s game was at 12:30, I completely forgot and spent most of the afternoon running errands. Fortunately, Miss Josie insisted I take her to lunch so dropped by the local sports bar and lo and behold, the game was on. Got to see the final two innings and wow, what a performance by Carpenter. Two on, no outs and then struck out the heart of the gNats order. He deserved the save if you ask me.

    gNats fans were having a hissy fit over the reversal of the fortune on the inside the park homer/ground rule double. While if I were a gNats fan, I would cry too, the umps got it right. Still does not make up for the infield fly debacle of 2010 it helps.

    Did see Gattis’ bomb but it was the gNats broadcast so not but once. Appeared to be a monster shot. I will be ready for tomorrow night’s game.


  54. 57 Gil in Mechanicsville April 5, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Okay, game is at a normal time tonight, great because there is nothing on TV otherwise…


  55. 58 Gil in Mechanicsville April 5, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Golly gee how I hate being stuck with the gNats’ broadcast…


  56. 59 Vox O'Raison April 5, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    That’s what I had to watch tonight also. DISH Network screwed me out of the Fox Sport South Braves broadcast over a $$ dispute with FOX again. Just like last year. Fortunately, someone guided me to a live stream, but it was the Nats home broadcast. Oh well… at least we won.


  57. 60 Gil in Mechanicsville April 6, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Raisons, I’ve never heard so much whining and crying over why the Nationals lost, of course FP said it right, the Braves are in the gNats heads and it is affecting their play against the Bravos. I can live with that… πŸ™‚


  58. 61 Gil in Mechanicsville April 6, 2014 at 8:38 am

    And when are you going to finally get wise and switch to DirecTV? I love mine. You can even throw Conrad the extra $100 bucks….


  59. 62 Gil in Mechanicsville April 6, 2014 at 9:28 am

    So, here is the $64 million dollar question? Who gets sent down when Santana gets activated? Hale, who has pitched beautifully? Gus Schlosser, who has also pitched well in relief or Anthony Varvaro who I have not seen make an appearance this season but has been knocked around quite a bit after his initial success at the beginning of last season? Who has options? Do they want to keep Hale stretched out? So many good young arms, so many tough decisions.

    I guess it will come down to who has options….


  60. 63 Vox O'Raison April 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    My guess is that Schlosser will go down so that he can get regular work. Just a guess though…


  61. 64 Vox O'Raison April 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I’m gonna change my last statement. A reliever will go down when Santana is activated, But probably not Schlosser. He’s actually pitched pretty well out of the pen, and that delivery is tough on both righties and lefties. But more importantly. I think he’s actually in the Braves bullpen plans. Hale, however, is a starter, and will stay that way. Varvaro is out of options, and would have to be passed through waivers or traded or something. Could happen. Can’t imagine why he hasn’t made an appearance yet, but it doesn’t bode well for him. When Minor gets here in a couple more weeks, I expect Hale to go down to AAA and stay stretched out as a starter.


  62. 65 Gil in Mechanicsville April 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I’m surprised a lot of guys have not yet made an appearance. I guess Fredi has Bobby Cox disease, that is, falls in love with the same guys and pitches them until their arm falls off…. Neither Varvaro, nor Bealto have made an appearance. I’m not sure if they have some physical issues or the Braves have not been sufficiently far enough out of a game to trust them in a game?

    Yesterday was a tough one for Wood to lose. One mistake pitch and boom, a ball hit 380 for a homer. Dan and J-Hey both hit 400 foot bombs that fell short of a deep center-field fence. Bummer. Oh well, tough to sweep a team in their home ball park

    Like I said, I’m greedy. I want the Braves to win them all but being 4-2 after starting the season with a six game road trip is not all that terrible. Going to be interesting. Looks like the Brewers were not so shabby either. They have given the Red Sox all they wanted. Should be an interesting series between the Marlins and the GNats.

    With the rain, it is a good day to have off….


  63. 66 Vox O'Raison April 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Who’d’ve thunk it?


  64. 67 Vox O'Raison April 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Of course, we’re only scoring 2.5 RPG. Ew. :-/


  65. 68 Carolina Lady April 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Baby Braves, Part II?


  66. 69 Gil in Mechanicsville April 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I have to say, I have been pleasantly surprised by the Braves’ pitching staff early, we can only hope the offense will come alive too. That though is no surprise.


  67. 70 Gil in Mechanicsville April 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

    CL, not sure if it’s Baby Braves, Part Deux quite yet but I do think it bodes well for Atlanta to have such depth at the pitching position. That said, the difference between an Ace and a number four is frequency. Nearly all major league pitchers have the ability to hurl a gem, the one thing that separates the wheat from the chafe is if they are able to consistently repeat top of the order type performances.

    I have been very impressed by Alex Wood’s two recent starts. Other than one pitch in each game, he has really been a shut down type guy. Even that is kind of unfair because even the best pitchers will give up home runs.

    Teheran showed a lot of poise too. He clearly did not have his best stuff Saturday but he worked through it To my way of thinking, it is not as hard to pitch a game in which you allow no base runners as it is to consistently have to pitch out of trouble. Also realizing that giving up a run or two early does not mean you have lost the game. Didn’t we see the difference in Mike Minor when he finally realize that was the case?

    So, I guess the only real question is how do they keep their pitchers healthy and out of the operating suite? Hire Leo Mazzone?


  68. 71 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Great Hank fact, courtesy of Mr. O’B:

    Hank Aaron hit at least 24 HRs every year 1955-1973, including 30 or more 15 times.



  69. 72 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Who would have ever guessed that with our baby substitute rotation, that our bullpen would be tied for 1st in the league in fewest innings pitched with just 13.1? I am so impressed with these guys, From adversity, strength is and character is gained.


  70. 73 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Now, if our OF can start producing, we’ll be in business.

    Through the 1st 6 games:

    JUp: 3 for 25, 10 K’s, 0 HR, 0 RBI
    BJ: 4 for 25, 11 K’s, 0 HR, 0 RBI
    JHey: 3 for 27, 8 K’s, 1 HR, 2 RBI

    That sucks. Badly.


  71. 74 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    🌯 Burrito. Just because I can.


  72. 75 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Wow… I butchered those last 2 sentences in my 12:17 pm post. Maybe I need a burrito. 🌯


  73. 76 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Too much :developer: and not enough 🌯 .


  74. 77 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    … makes you go O_o .


  75. 78 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    … and so does 🍸 , which is why I don’t do that.


  76. 79 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    But a little iced tea in a I_I would be OK.


  77. 80 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    oops… missed that one. I’ll try it again.


  78. 81 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    But a little iced tea in a |_| would be OK.


  79. 82 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Whew. ^^’


  80. 83 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I’m getting punchy… XD

    I think I need need lunch.


  81. 84 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Hank fact #2.

    24 All-Star games.


  82. 85 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Hank fact #3:

    Scored 100 or more runs in his first 13 seasons, 15 overall.


  83. 86 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Hank fact #4:

    Won 3 Gold Gloves.


  84. 87 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    How about this one…

    Hank fact #5:

    Not only did he finish with 755 career HR’s, but with 3,771 hits and a career AVG of .305. Awesomeness.


  85. 88 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Uh, correction on fact #2. Should be 25 All-Star games.


  86. 89 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Hank fact #6:

    1957 NL MVP


  87. 90 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    “Trying to throw a fastball by Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster.” – former ML pitcher Curt Simmons



  88. 91 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Hank fact #7:

    100+ RBI 11 times.


  89. 92 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Hank fact #8:

    For all the power stats, he never K’d over 97 times in a single season, averaging just 68 per season over his career. That’s insane!


  90. 93 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    What a career…

    ROY in 1954, All-Star 1955-1975, missing only 1976, the year he retired. The 25 AS appearances include 2 each in the years ’59-’62. They had 2 games in those years? I guess they did…

    In the MVP balloting every year but 1954, his ROY year, and 1976, the year he retired.


  91. 94 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Hank fact #9:

    Won the NL batting title twice w/ .328 in 1956 and .359 in 1955.


  92. 95 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Hank fact #10:

    In his MVP year of 1957, he led the league in HR (44), RBI (132), runs scored (118) and total bases (369). Incredible. He played 69 games in CF that year, and 84 in RF, and committed only 6 errors for the season while registering 346 putouts and throwing out 9 baserunners… all in just a 154 game season.

    He put all those staggering numbers up in 8 fewer games for his first 7 seasons, including that astounding 1957 MVP year. MLB didn’t expand its season to 162 games until 1961.


  93. 96 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha… XD


  94. 97 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Very very cool!!


  95. 98 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Aw… :W: blew it…


  96. 99 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    There it is!


  97. 100 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    2night’s lineup for the Home Opener:

    1- JHey, RF
    2- BJ, CF
    3- Fred-day, 1B
    4- CJ, 3B
    5- UpJ, LF
    6- Ugg-lay, 2B
    7- Gatt-ay, C
    8- Simb-ay, SS
    9- Har-ay, RHP



  98. 101 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Fun!! πŸ˜€


  99. 102 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Looks like Cory Gearrin is headed to TJ surgery also. Well… that’s one way for him to be mentioned in the same conversation with Meds and Beachy.


    (Too soon?)


  100. 103 berigan2electricboogaloo April 8, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    V, way to dominate! πŸ˜‰
    Like Gil said, time to send DISH out to pasture….knock wood, in the years I have had DirectTV (since I couldn’t what Bobby’s last regular season games-had no idea if they would make the playoffs or not) only channel that has had an issue is the weather channel. And since they push their B.S. climate Change B.S. (did I mention that it’s… πŸ˜‰ ) I am HAPPY to see a regular down to earth weather channel in it’s place.
    But no issues with Fox sports….always there.
    And I tried to toss moola Gil’s way, but heck, I could sure use the savings, so if Gil wants to give it to me, and save us both $10 a month for $10 months, who am I to stand in his way???? πŸ˜†


  101. 104 berigan2electricboogaloo April 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I was soooo glad to see the braves win 2 of 3 from the Nats! If it had gone the other way, they would be full of confidence, thinking they could beat us up …we are still in their heads….
    Honestly, if you compare teams, especially rotations….it doesn’t look to be close…but another hot start, then play .500 ball = playoffs! Perhaps… πŸ˜›
    So, the good news is that BJ is the hot hitter in the outfield, eh? πŸ˜•


  102. 105 Gil in Mechanicsville April 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Only thing I have to say about the retro uniforms… Bad KARMA. I still remember how bad they were in the 70s


  103. 106 Gil in Mechanicsville April 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Nice to have Smoltzie in the booth this year


  104. 107 Vox O'Raison April 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Hard to win when your run total is the same shape as Bartolo Colon… 😦


  105. 108 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2014 at 7:24 am

    yep…pitching is so much better than expected, and the offense… is offensive…


  106. 109 Vox O'Raison April 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Methinks Bartolo has had his share of 🌯 ‘s.


  107. 110 Vox O'Raison April 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Hank needs to learn when to talk, and when not to. I hope his choice of comparing Republicans to the KKK was just misspeaking. In my mind, it spoiled alot of what last night celebrated. Maybe it’s just me…


  108. 111 Carolina Lady April 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    He’s been drinking the Koolaid from Jackson et al. What a shame because I have long admired him for many reasons. That sheen is now tarnished.


  109. 112 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    V, need to feed some of the tacos to the outfielders then! πŸ˜‰
    Did Hank say that during the game last night???
    V, I see from FB you are still rockin XP….does that mean you are against change, and theres no way you go over to DirectTV? 😦
    Man, you can save a lot of money, enough to see a day game some weekday in the ATL! πŸ˜† and save your good buddy Ber some dough-ray-me! If you need my number to get the ball rollin’ just pm me anytime! πŸ˜›
    Ok, I’ll stop now….


  110. 113 Vox O'Raison April 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Yes, Ber… Hank said this last night:

    “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.

    Why is it that it’s OK for PresBo to be black to the black people, but not to anyone else? In reality, he’s half & half. He’s vilified for his extreme policies and illegal tactics, not for how much light his skin reflects. And to paint the Republicans’ resistance of Socialist policies as racist is racist in and of itself. I find it hard to believe there is not more being made of the statement, but it’ll never get the same treatment in the press that an anti-PresBo statement would have gotten.


  111. 114 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Hank Arron is a racist… Who knew? 😦

    Okay, last night’s game was awful… Told you I hated those retro uniforms. Played like they did like in 1974….


  112. 115 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    T’was antics and statements like his that got me to start watching Fox News, which I hate the constant interruptions for commercials, and stop watching MSNBC because it became very evident to me their extreme prejudice toward anyone to the right of Lenin.

    Now, more baseball… Has Heyward’s headaches stopped yet? He was giving me one last night….


  113. 116 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Jordan Schafer gets a start tonight. Good for us. Of course starting against Zach Wheeler is no gift.


  114. 117 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Ervin Santana fast becoming my new favorite Braves pitcher. What an excellent performance.


  115. 118 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    So far worth every penny of the $14.1 million of the Braves’ money


  116. 119 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm



  117. 120 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Hank experienced racism first hand…I know he had a real rough time in Jacksonville Fl (lived there 10 years, easily the most racist city, at least big city there is) you can read about it and other issues, here…
    Here is one quote from the article…
    “You could hardly see and I’d be trying to throw a baseball and she’d say ‘Come here, come here!’ And I’d say, ‘For what?’ She said, ‘Get under the bed,’ ” Aaron said in a rare interview with CNN this month.

    The family would hide under the bed for several minutes and then “the KKK would march by, burn a cross and go on about their business and then she (my mother) would say, ‘You can come out now.’ Can you imagine what this would do to the average person? Here I am, a little boy, not doing anything, just catching a baseball with a friend of mine and my mother telling me, ‘Go under the bed.'”
    I am trying to not make excuses for the man….he is clearly scarred from his past. We all know the nasty threats against him when going after Babe’s record.
    That being said, I imagine in the last 40 years, he has run into less and less racism…more often than not, hearing tons of praise from white people. Perhaps he thinks if he wasn’t Hank Aaron, they wouldn’t like him?
    I wish he could get called out on this by more people, in that he would have to talk about it, his feelings, why he feels this way.
    Have people point out Bush still was attacked (and still is) way more than 0 ever will be….but, you vote dem, watch CNN and MSNBC, and most importantly, hang with ONLY your own race….you are likely to think like Hank thinks these days….


  118. 121 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Mets make it interesting in the ninth…


  119. 122 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Heck, there is a nice guy who plays on one of the better trivia teams I play against…big baseball fan…he’s been very helpful trying to help me find some relief for my fatty liver disease(Over the counter treatments since losing 25 pounds and cutting most fat out of my diet hasn’t really helped)
    but….he is a liberal….and comments come out….I KNOW he thinks folks in the tea party are racist…and he’s white…..
    but, trying to have a sane discussion with a liberal on politics is like trying to discuss quantum physics with a 4 year old…truly pointless…


  120. 123 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    now, back to baseball…wowser!!!! What a great start by Santana! 20 straight strikes! May be a record, or at least not done since the 80s….
    So darned lucky that he was still available…probably saved the season….


  121. 124 Vox O'Raison April 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    You make the point for me Ber. Hank saw the KKK first hand. He knows what real racism is all about. So for him to take the low road is all the more disappointing. And experiencing racism is not an excuse to practice racism… unless your name is Jackson, Sharpton, and many more I could rattle off from the new Atlanta power base. They get a pass.

    I could care less if a guy’s white, brown, purple, green or red. But don’t project the chip on your (Hank’s) shoulder onto me just because I reflect more light than you. I have enough trouble dealing with my own sins…


  122. 126 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I have enough trouble dealing with my own sins…

    AMEN BROTHER I know from where you speak!

    Ber, My favorite quote is from Jonathan Swift: “You cannot reason a man out of something he was never reasoned into to begin with”

    My dad use to tell me, never argue with a zealot, they will only exhaust you because they will never change their minds or listen to reason.


  123. 127 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I myself was the product of a mixed marriage, my mother was a staunch Republican and my father was a Democrat. T’is why I am an independent today….


  124. 128 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Now baseball… Was not that a beautifully pitched game last night? Never seemed to be in any trouble at all, even with men on base. Just complete control for eight innings. Too bad Walden could not control his fast ball….

    On Walden, I’m thinking he is simply trying to throw too hard. Thus, he is not in control of his location, If he could decrease his effort a smidgen, he could still get good results and a few more strike calls. ,


  125. 129 Vox O'Raison April 10, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Walden… ugh. He is the one guy out there that I never have a good feeling about. In fact, when he develops one of his nagging injuries that keeps him unavailable, I’m actually a little relieved. (No pun intended.) πŸ˜‰


  126. 130 Vox O'Raison April 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

    OK. We got our answer on which reliever would exit to accommodate Santana’s arrival (Beato). Not really a surprise, I suppose. Beato has options, Varvaro does not. With Gearrin gone, the depth has taken another hit, and we can’t afford to just let pitchers walk. Fortunately, pitching was the one area on the Braves where there was great depth to start. Now there is just barely adequate depth.

    So… there are still a couple of questions to answer. Neither easy, but one has the potential to be really difficult.

    When Minor is ready to join the team at the end of the month, which starter exits the rotation, and to where?

    I assert that it will be Hale, and that he’ll be demoted to AAA to pitch regularly and stay stretched out and be available to return in the (inevitable) event of injury to another starter.

    But Floyd… when Gavin Floyd is ready to join the Atlanta squad, then what?

    Now I realize there is another 4 weeks or so until he’s ready to step in. And alot can happen in 4 weeks. Alot. But Aa-ron (pronounced A-Ron; I like that nickname) has pitched brilliantly in his 2 starts thus far. If he continues his resurgence, whither Floyd? All of the starters have been fantastic. Woody is a potential star. Teheran is already a star. Santana… well, you saw last night what he is. Then there’s Minor. He has enough of a history here to tell us who he is. There is no way they’d mess with A-Ron if his next 2-3 starts are anything like his first 2. So what of Floyd if they are?

    It’s a good problem to have, and not one I want to venture to answer just yet. This is truly one where it’s best to cross that bridge when we get there. There are many trolls along the road that could make a difference…


  127. 131 Carolina Lady April 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Seemed to be effortless. Nice and calm (from the little I can see on a video). I’m relieved and pleased! πŸ˜†



  128. 132 berigan2electricboogaloo April 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Gil, very good quotes there….I sometimes foolishly think I am going to change someone’s mind…I did see a liberal former co-worker “like” a quote from Rush Limbaugh…I wonder if they liked what he said so much, he didn’t notice who said it??? πŸ˜†


  129. 133 Vox O'Raison April 10, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    2nite’s lineup:

    1- JHey , RF
    2- BJ, CF
    3- Freddie, 1B
    4- CJohnson, 3B
    5- JUp, LF
    6- Uggla, 2B
    7- Doumit, C
    8- Simba, SS
    9- Hale, RHP


  130. 134 Vox O'Raison April 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm



  131. 135 Vox O'Raison April 10, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Correction… Simba is out with a sore wrist. Pena is in his place.


  132. 136 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Two homers by Justin tonight, One to right and a mammo to left. Great listening to Chipper talk about BJ’s hitting. So simple the little things and then BJ hits a triple to right…


  133. 137 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Which pitcher to demote? Somehow these things always seem to take care of themselves,,, Of course, it makes someone a really nice trade piece.


  134. 138 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I look for Wood to spend some time in the BP, maybe A-Ron too… see, I was paying attention…


  135. 139 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Long (slow) game tonight…


  136. 140 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    The one thing I really miss is Andruw Jones’ defense in centerfield.


  137. 141 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    One last parting shot.

    Most every liberal I know honestly believes that by being loud, you win an argument. Facts never enter into the equation.


  138. 142 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I have found a little bit of Rush Linbaugh goes a long way. He is a master of self promotion and it can get a bit tedious at times.


  139. 143 Carolina Lady April 11, 2014 at 12:11 am

    From Billy Wagner’s “A Way Out,” p.124 – talking about the influence of people on him and how he learned to be a positive influence on teammates:

    “Personally, highlights for em were the guys I got to meet or guys I was able to influence. A guy like Braves closer Craig Kimbrel sticks out for me. He was the new kid on the block with the Braves in 2010. I had the chance to talk with him and maybe help him through some things he went through in his first taste of the big leagues.”

    “Craig came to my attention in spring training. He wasn’t raw but he had more talent than experience. One of the things that grabbed my attention were the similarities between me and him; the way we threw the ball and other quirky things we did. But mainly, the thing that drew me to Craig was his willingness to learn. He liked to ask questions, he wanted to be one of the best out there. I had the opportunity to reassure him that the same things he was concerned about were the things I was still concerned about. We had a good enough relationship that I could tell him things that other people couldn’t and he knew he could trust me. I wasn’t going to short-change him or hold out on him because I was afraid he was going to take my job.”

    “The fun thing about working with Craig is that Roger McDowell had given me so much leeway with him. Roger asked me to go to the bullpen to work with Craig, and when I came back, I told him, “I changed his mechanics.” Roger just said, “Okay.” Fortunately, it paid dividends for Craig right away and that was because Craig bought into what I’d told him and worked so hard. He trusted me; he knew I wanted him to do well. I told him that it was a process; he’d always be adjusting, but we all go through it. He had to be himself. He’s not me. I wasn’t Trevor Hoffman or Mariano Rivera and that’s okay. He didn’t need to worry about what people outside his team said; he only needed to concern himself with what his teammates were saying. That’s who you’re playing for.”


  140. 144 Vox O'Raison April 11, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Great, great stuff, CL…


  141. 145 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Better stuff than the results of last night’s game….. I thought Varvaro did a heck of a job with one out and the bases loaded of coming in and pitching out of trouble. Same could not be said for Avilan and Schlosser. Oh well, tonight is another game and another series. The gNats swept the Marlins so they have to be feeling pretty cocky, time to bring them back down to earth.


  142. 146 Carolina Lady April 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    So sad – πŸ˜₯


    “UPDATE: Sixth grader dies after being hit by line drive at local middle school
    By WECT Staff
    Updated: 04/11/2014 11:35 pm EST

    WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A student at Roland Grise Middle School died Friday afternoon, after being hit by a line drive during batting practice.

    According to officials at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Alex Newsome, died.

    According to 911 calls, the 12-year-old was struck by a baseball earlier in the day.

    The 911 caller also said the boy was unresponsive and not breathing. CPR was performed on him until emergency crews could respond.

    Newsome was taken to the hospital where he later died.

    Copyright 2014 WECT. All rights reserved.”


  143. 147 Gil in Mechanicsville April 12, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Baseball is one of the most dangerous sports played CL. I remember reading somewhere that a lot of guys would much rather play football because you never hear of someone getting killed playing football but guys routinely are hit by 90 mph fastballs and such.

    The story above is a reminder of just such a tragedy and my heart goes out to his parents.

    Now, in other baseball news, do you think Denard Span wonders what ht him after running into Uggla.last night?


  144. 148 Vox O'Raison April 12, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Braves still got the Nats’ number. Keep it going, boys…


  145. 149 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2014 at 8:08 am

    A’int it sweet? While I am a but concerned about the spottiness of our relief corp. I try to keep it all in prospective. After all, soon there will be a wealth at the starting position which should actually bolster the pen.

    Nice seeing the offense cooking too.


  146. 150 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Glancing at the standings, wow, the Brewers have only lost two games this season, both to the Braves, Washington has only lost four, all to the Braves.

    The Mets will be our nemesis this season…


  147. 153 Carolina Lady April 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Epic Francoeur. Just epic!


  148. 154 Vox O'Raison April 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Aa-Ron gets his second win today against 1 loss. Stellar 0.96 ERA in his 3 starts.


  149. 155 Vox O'Raison April 14, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I thought I might take a stroll over to the self-proclaimed “world wide leader in sports” to see how they treated the Braves’ sweep of the Nats over the weekend. I was just curious to see if our beloved Los Barvos might get a little love over there. I mean, after all, they are from neither the northeast coast nor Cali. But I really did think they might get a little credit for their sweep of the prematurely anointed Nats.


    There is an article of how injuries have depleted their roster and how the “baseball gods decided to punish” the Nats, and the Braves, and touted the possibility of Miami’s Giancarlo (Mike) Stanton basing HR’s in the playoffs.

    Excuse me?

    So, the Braves can lead the league in ERA – with their best starters entering late in the month – and they can have a resurgence on offense against the vaunted Nats rotation, but not catch any credit at all?

    Now I do understand that the tail wags the dog, and that with the self-proclaimed “world wide leader in sports” it’s all about TV markets and revenue. It’s evidenced by the hierarchy of TV markets, and the proportional amount of love their respective teams receive. Look at the Top 10 and judge for yourselves…

    1 New York, NY (Yankees/Mets)
    2 Los Angeles, CA (Dodgers/Angels)
    3 Chicago, IL (Cubs/White Sox)
    4 Philadelphia, PA (Philthies)
    5 Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX (Rangers)
    6 San Francisco-Oak-San Jose, CA (Giants/A’s)
    7 Boston (Manchester), MA (Red Sox)
    8 Washington, DC (Nats)
    9 Atlanta, GA (Braves)
    10 Houston, TX (Astros)
    11 Detroit, MI (Tigers)
    21 St. Louis, MO (Cards)

    I threw in Nos. 11 and 21 because the Tigers are pretty well covered all the time, and the Cards are just a MLB haven. I think for the most part, the teams get a proportional amount of love directly related to their position on the ol’ national market rating scale. If you take the Bosox and place them just under the Yankees and Mets, and raise the Cards into the middle somewhere, you have a pretty good representation of the ‘hierarchy of love’ from he self-proclaimed “world wide leader in sports” to MLB teams. The 2 exceptions? Houston – largely because they really do suck – and the Braves. I can’t explain the Braves. I just can’t. Maybe it’s some long held grudge against Ted Turner who rebelled against all the TV norms to promote his America’s Team? I don’t know. It continues to baffle me, and I need to get over it.


  150. 156 Vox O'Raison April 14, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Rays’ manager Joe Maddon agrees with me…

    “Sometimes you have to look underneath the surface and I tend to agree it has a lot to do with youth sports and travel teams and multiple travel teams and kids pitching to win when they’re really young and throwing too many pitches,” Maddon said. “I think the more recent epidemic curiously might be tied to what they’re doing before they even get here professionally.” – AP via NY Times

    I have said it for years. Kids need to play multiple sports when they’re kids. Concentrating all the stresses on specific areas year round is dangerous and is now manifesting itself in these premier players blowing out elbows as pros. I’m afraid it’ll get worse before it gets better because the horrid practice is still happening to kids under 10, and isn’t likely to get much better until the rec communities takes a hard stand. There are too many dads that are looking to relive some failed past glory through their kid and will stop at almost nothing to give their kid some perceived advantage.

    And not to mention letting your kids become more well rounded individuals. But that is a social issue that I won’t begin to foray into here…


  151. 158 Carolina Lady April 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Somebody had a great sense of humor! So funny!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Mad Dawg! Clip of his 1st ML win:


  152. 160 Gil in Mechanicsville April 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    VOX, My belief is all the major baseball nerds and talking heads have never forgiven the Braves of the 90’s for not winning more World Series. They always touted how great the teams were and must have bet their kids’ college tuition money on the Braves with their bookies and still hold a grudge against Atlanta.

    CL, I can think of nothing more tragic than the death of a child, especially those kids between 5 and 12 years of age. I have seen more EMS workers quit because of those deaths than any other reason…. T’is why we should treasure each and every second we have with them on this earth because we don’t know when we will ever see them again once they have gone to heaven.


  153. 161 Gil in Mechanicsville April 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I told Josie, it is only a 5 hour drive for us to Phillie….. Met by a silent stare 😦


  154. 162 Gil in Mechanicsville April 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Okay, what’s the story on Chris Johnson?


  155. 163 Vox O'Raison April 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Just another ho hum game, right? πŸ˜‰


  156. 164 Vox O'Raison April 15, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Happy Birthday Gil!!


  157. 165 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Thanks Raisins, for some reason. I am feeling a little depressed this morning, I am officially old…. 😦


  158. 166 Vox O'Raison April 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Old? How can you be “old” when our time here is just a vapor? Heck, we’re just starting to kick a little. I’m hoping I might start figuring a few things out in the next several years. πŸ™‚


  159. 167 Vox O'Raison April 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

    A picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes a video is worth even more.

    I nominate this one for an Oscar. At least for a Wurlitzer.


  160. 168 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2014 at 11:22 am

    That video was priceless Raisins… I’m still laughing, so much I think I will go out and throw some money away. πŸ™‚


  161. 169 Carolina Lady April 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIL!!! You old?? Never!! I’m about to hit a truly significant number and it shocks me. HOW did this happen??

    “Silent stare” πŸ˜†

    Some neat Braves photos in a whole new light. Interesting!

    Now, I guess I’d better start on my taxes. Bah humbug! Maybe I’ll do what our esteemed leaders in government and just not do it! If I don’t owe any money, why should I have to file? Gotta keep the paper shufflers busy, I guess. Since Obama hired all those thousands of new IRS “agents”, they gotta have something to do since their Obamacare expertise is not required.


  162. 170 Carolina Lady April 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    LOVE that video, Raisins!! Expressions are priceless.


  163. 171 Vox O'Raison April 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Since Obama hired all those thousands of new IRS β€œagents”, they gotta have something to do since their Obamacare expertise is not required.

    I imagine all these new “agents” are still receiving their weapons training…


  164. 173 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks CL… On not filing your return, That use to be my mantra until they changed the law which allowed the IRS to fine you for not filing even if they owed you money. I bit the bullet starting around 1996 or so with Turbo Tax to do my taxes. That was because I got hit with a $13,000 tax bill for late fees etc. I think it was in retaliation for my mooning an IRS auditor but that is a story for another day. Anyhoo, I did go out and buy a shinny new toy, spent a couple of hundred more than I intended to begin with but I waited too long and someone else beat me to the punch on my first choice.

    PS, no longer depressed… πŸ™‚

    Josie now says I owe her a cruise…. πŸ™‚ Heck, she’s worth it and I might even go myself.

    Cool pictures CL, amazing what you can do with photoshop.


  165. 174 Carolina Lady April 15, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Glad your spirits are lifted, Gil. Depression is a black pit of hell.

    Got my brother’s taxes done. Had no choice since I had given him my word.

    Boy, am I procrastinating on mine. I can hardly force myself to do them. But I will. Sometime before midnight.

    I know I don’t owe anything so I might just file an extension while I pout a while longer. πŸ˜†


  166. 175 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    CL, not really depression- depression, just a bit of the pity party for one… πŸ™‚

    All good now.


  167. 176 Carolina Lady April 15, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    πŸ˜† been there, done that! πŸ˜†

    Taxes. Executive decision: filed extension for first time ever. Just plain NOT IN THE MOOD to deal with that bunch!! 😑


  168. 177 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    CL, my brother is a real tax pro… took over the business from my dad many years ago. He always files an extension for himself so he can keep up with everyone else’s problems. I had to learn to do my taxes on my own after my dad passed. Thank goodness for Tax programs. Needless to say, I “paid for my learning” as my mom use to say.

    I’m pretty sure I financed at least two F-15s all by myself. Anyway, no sense being stressed, I’m sure the IRS has plenty of other things they need to do besides audit a couple of retirees… πŸ™‚


  169. 178 Vox O'Raison April 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    It’s no secret that I am a huge Teheran fan. I believe he’s already one of the top pitchers in the league, although most folks outside the ATL won’t realize it until later in the year when his numbers are right there with the higher profile guys. He’s the ace of the team. Hope he thoroughly dominates the Phillie lineup tonight…


  170. 179 Gil in Mechanicsville April 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Whew, big league performance tonight by Julio. Had to beat a really good pitcher to do it too.


  171. 180 Vox O'Raison April 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Hope he thoroughly dominates the Phillie lineup tonight…

    Thanks for delivering, Julio. πŸ™‚


  172. 181 Carolina Lady April 17, 2014 at 12:26 am

    He sure let ’em know, didn’t he, V? Good job! And Uggla getting that grand slam in the 9th the night before?? I’m so glad for him! It had to have felt SO good to him! Being in the IRS doldrums last night, I didn’t even know about it until today. (I think I lost a day somewhere this week. Can’t figure out which or what.)


  173. 182 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2014 at 6:40 am

    The thing I always hate about doing taxes was spending hours trying to come up with the answers to a question only to find you fell short of actually qualifying for particular deduction.

    It will never happen in my life time but their should just be a straight 10% tax across the board and be done with it. After all, if it is good enough for God, it should be good enough for the country.

    Problem is, everyone wants a piece of the pie and by the time everyone else takes a slice, there is precious little for the actual wage earner.

    What I hate most are :”fees:” They are just taxes you cannot deduct and a way for the pols to say they didn’t actually raise taxes when in truth they did.

    Stepping off my soapbox now…

    Heck of a game last night, tense until the final out. Dano made two outstanding plays in the ninth to help preserve the win.


  174. 183 berigan2electricboogaloo April 17, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Testify brother Gil! πŸ™‚ By the way, you’re not getting older, just better! πŸ˜‰ Looked, but couldn’t find the old commercial


  175. 184 Vox O'Raison April 17, 2014 at 10:25 am

    2day’s lineup (1:05pm start time):

    1- JHey, RF
    2- BJ, CF
    3- Fab5, 1B
    4- JUp, LF
    5- CJ, 3B
    6- Dandy Dan, 2B
    7- Simba, SS
    8- GLaird, C
    9- Alex Wood, RHP

    23 year old Alex Wood (2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in 3 starts) vs. 37 year old A.J. Burnett (0-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 3 starts, 1-7 with a 4.61 ERA in his past 10 starts vs. Braves.) Did you know that Burnett had a cortisone shot in his groin Monday? Ow! I’d have more sympathy if he wasn’t a Phil. He requires surgery at some point to correct a small inguinal hernia. Says he can gut it out until after the season. πŸ˜‰

    Get it? “Gut it out”? Hernia?

    Never mind… o_O


  176. 185 Carolina Lady April 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    πŸ˜† Sure wish I could see these games instead of little video clips here and there. But, I’m thankful to have even those! πŸ˜€


  177. 186 Carolina Lady April 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    from mlb.com – Gattis about Teheran:

    “This on a day his pitcher was even better, and Gattis knew that before the game even started.

    “The first five [pitches] in the bullpen, it’s like I could have caught with my eyes closed,” Gattis said. “Sometimes you have guys who are rough warming up and then they get out there and it clicks. Then the lights are on and guys are trying to hit you, and you kind of turn it on. But today, it was from the get-go.”


  178. 187 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Another pitcher’s duel, this time the Braves come out on the short end of a 1-0 game….

    Someone needs to work with the pitchers on bunting!

    Other observations…. Heyward’s neck problems are affecting his timing.

    I don’t know what everyone else’s problem is????


  179. 188 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    One more thing, Woods pitched a heck of a game…


  180. 189 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    It’s bad when your ERA drops after a loss.


  181. 190 Carolina Lady April 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    The last pitcher I can remember who really knew how to bunt was Maddux.

    I remember a player (but not his position) who showed bunt a couple of times in his at-bat, drew the infield in, then swung and lobbed it somewhere into no man’s land to score one or two crucial runs. Funny how certain plays remain in one’s memory like that.


  182. 191 Vox O'Raison April 18, 2014 at 7:46 am

    There are NO Braves who can bunt. It’s a trait of this team. Drives me crazy, and cost the team a game yesterday…


  183. 192 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Actually, Pena is an excellent bunter. Would have put Schafer in to run for Laird, Let Pena bunt, brought in a reliever, they have had three days to rest.


  184. 193 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2014 at 7:53 am

    But that is in the past, it is why young guys spend time in the minors, to work on all those little things…


  185. 194 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Late in the game, you have to score anyway you can when the game is close like that…Even if the kid is pitching a shutout. .


  186. 195 Vox O'Raison April 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Would have put Schafer in to run for Laird

    No question. Wondered why, with both Gattis and Doumit still on the bench, Fredi didn’t have a PR out there for the slow footed Laird… especially after the failed bunt. I can’t see Laird scoring from 2B on anything but a gapper. And after the failed bunt especially, you really needed some speed on the paths. Shoulda had a PR. Just shoulda.


  187. 196 Vox O'Raison April 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    In fact, the seemingly easy call to make would have been Schafer to pinch run, and Gattis to pinch hit. I’ll take my chances with the hottest bat out of 25 and the fleet footed Schafer at 2B. Instead, we had molasses and a guy who has 0 hits and only 2 successful sacs in his ML career. Not exactly playing the percentages there.


  188. 199 Hillbilly April 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    What up party people?!?!?!


  189. 200 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    A Hillbilly sighting! Hey bud! πŸ™‚


  190. 201 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    So, Jhey has a bad neck, is hitting .136, and hasn’t had a game off this year? that sure makes sense! :eyeroll:


  191. 202 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm



  192. 203 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm



  193. 204 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Said that the other night.. The neck thing… Somebody is reading my post…

    Aa-ron is amazing… What a magnificent job he has done for Atlanta.

    Chris Johnson likes not being in the 4 hole methinks

    Hillbilly, don’t be such a stranger dude!


  194. 205 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Folks, I just don’t get Freddi’s game management.


  195. 206 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Okay, I know the Braves won but still would have pulled Aa-Ron after the 6th.


  196. 207 berigan2electricboogaloo April 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Gil, I guess F.G. figured the heat would be a lot less taking him out of a no hitter if he was at 120 pitches..probably hoped he’d give up a hit in the 7th…
    remember how big a fan of Harang I was all along?? πŸ˜‰
    Cannot argue with the results!
    When I ranted against JHey playing, I must have had Weds scoreboard up, and thought he was in the lineup again…


  197. 208 Gil in Mechanicsville April 19, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Funny about how a baseball team can shape up and come together as a whole each season. My ex-father-in-law, who was a huge Detroit Tiger fan was noted as saying “early days” whenever the Tigers would get off to a roaring (no pun intended, but still not a bad accident) start.

    Lot’s of baseball to play and a lot more decision to be made before the Braves get to the meat of the season but you have to like where the Braves are headed.

    The pitching so far has been stellar for the most part. Sure, a few bumps along the way but no one expects any team to go 162-0 for a season. It’s not high school ball they are playing. Anyway, still a few more strike outs than I would wish for but it is really nice to have Dan Uggla and BJ Upton stride up to the plate and already know they are going to strike out. I know BJ’s batting average is still only around .220 or so but it is headed in the right direction.

    Moving CJ out of the 4 spot sure did him a world of good too. I’m of the belief that players over think things sometimes. They tend to change what-ever works for them to do something which is required of the traditional hitter in a certain slot in a batting order.


  198. 209 Carolina Lady April 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Hey, Hillbilly!! Great to see you again! How is our favorite Hillbilly family? πŸ™‚


  199. 212 berigan2electricboogaloo April 20, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Happy Easter everyone! πŸ™‚


  200. 213 berigan2electricboogaloo April 20, 2014 at 11:28 am

    CL, they showed the cover being hit off the ball the other night on baseball tonight…something former big leaguer Alex Cora and former player/manager Eric Wedge said they had never seen in all their years in baseball!


  201. 214 Carolina Lady April 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm



  202. 216 Hillbilly April 20, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    “Hey, Hillbilly!! Great to see you again! How is our favorite Hillbilly family?”

    All is well. I’m neck deep in fast pitch softball (11 year old) and tee ball (5 year old) and trying to limit all other damage of everyday life (2 year old).


  203. 217 berigan2electricboogaloo April 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    CL, very nice story! Shows even a crazy person can have their moments of sanity. πŸ˜‰


  204. 218 Gil in Mechanicsville April 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Funny game baseball…. Hale deserved to win today, unfortunately, Dan Uggla did his best Brooks Conrad impersonations today. Can’t put it all on Danno, The Upton brothers had lead lined gloves too… But, one has to believe Dan can’t get out of New York fast enough.


  205. 219 berigan2electricboogaloo April 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

    And I think the manager needs to be called out too…even though Schlosser got a hit(Probably only AB he will ever get) he shouldn’t have been hitting. They did have at least Doumit on the bench.
    And Schlosser was pitching in his 4th inning, after not going more than 1 2/3rds inning all year, and not pitching at all in a week.
    Just felt like Bobby at his worst….basically gave up the game. No starter getting ready to pitch if the game kept going. Pitcher in who hadn’t pitched in a week, expecting him to pitch til his arm fell off. Take him out after 3 scoreless innings, his confidence would be high (Isn’t it important for ALL 25 players to contribute, to feel part of the team?) Instead, he gets the loss hung on him, and won’t get to pitch for a week again….
    I know, there is a game today, but you should try give your team a chance to win all the games, not have starters bat in the 8th, or the least used man in the bullpen pitch til the end of time…


  206. 220 Carolina Lady April 21, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    lol, Hillbilly! Your plate is full! It’s good to see you here again. Hope you can stop by more often. We miss you. πŸ™‚


  207. 221 Vox O'Raison April 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Hillbilly sighting!!! 😯


  208. 222 Vox O'Raison April 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I dunno, Ber. Gus had been stretched out as a starter during Spring Training. I thought he was OK going 4. And if you PH Doumit, then you have no emergency C since Gattis had already come in for Laird. Once you get to the 14th inning, and most of your bench and bullpen are burned, you don’t have many – if any – good options. No win situation for any manager IMO. Braves had earlier opportunities to score (JUp’s triple?) and failed. Similarly, had they made their defensive plays, it would all be moot as well. But that’s all just “shoulda, woulda, coulda”. The Braves fate was sealed when they whiffed 5 times in a row against Dice-K after he walked the first batter he faced.

    And by the way, that walk was followed ONCE AGAIN by a failed bunt attempt. I said it the other day… gotta play the fundamentals right. Braves must work on bunting, They suck at it.


  209. 223 Gil in Mechanicsville April 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Amazingly, everyone knows the problem, situational hitting, keeping the ine moving, BUT! everyone wants to be the hero and make the lede on Sports Center or MLB tonight… Same song, different tune but the results continue to be the same.

    Now, what should have been done? Minor is on his way this week, A started could have been warmed up. I can understand why Walden and Kimbrel would be held until the end.

    Not using Domit? You have a guy you are afraid to use? Lots of teams only have two catchers. No catcher? Forfeit if it come to that but I’ll bet somebody could catch, heck, put Uggla back there, couldn’t be any worse….

    Okay that one is behind us, like I said, I’m greedy, I want to win them all. Okay, move on, try to learn from it, give Dan a night off and let the Pastor play… Message sent….


  210. 224 Gil in Mechanicsville April 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    If I were the Braves manager, I would also have the team spend some mandatory time before every game taking infield practice until the Braves figured out it is an important part of the game, just like hitting and pitching. Just saying….


  211. 225 Carolina Lady April 21, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Sounds as if source of the problem is in the Minor League. That’s the place to learn fundamentals, including bunting. If I was the ML manager, I’d have a rule engraved in stone that no one could come up to the big club until he had mastered bunting and fielding. Think that may get their attention down line? I’d hope so. And, yes, I know there are a million reasons some people get called up but that work had better at least be in progress.


  212. 226 Gil in Mechanicsville April 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    CL, one of the problems is the minor leagues. They have all gone to the DH…


  213. 227 Vox O'Raison April 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Another failed bunt late in the game with the go ahead run on 2B and no outs. Makes me ill…


  214. 228 Carolina Lady April 21, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Gil, that’s another way of saying they aren’t teaching real baseball anymore. Use DH or don’t, I don’t care as long as “real” fundamentals are taught. I don’t think I’d be very popular as a minor league manager. πŸ™‚ I guess if I wanted to be popular, I’d go for Miss Congeniality or something…. πŸ˜†


  215. 229 Vox O'Raison April 21, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Another leadoff guy on in the 10th. Will they try to bunt again?


  216. 230 Vox O'Raison April 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Or will Gattis just hit a liner over the wall for a walkoff HR? πŸ˜€


  217. 231 Gil in Mechanicsville April 22, 2014 at 3:50 am

    I know I have been bashing the Braves for their sloppy field play, yet they continue to win. I think it bodes ill for them to escape time after time because it is going to catch up with them at the worse possible time.

    Infield drills Fredi, Infield drills… That and bunting practice or at least send guys up who actually know the fundamentals of bunting. I can still bunt and I’m 65 years old and crippled. can’t run to first but I know how to lay down a bunt. It a’int rocket surgery!

    I think Kimbrel will be okay now, he had to get that ugliness out of his system. he tends to be a little all over the place until his touch and feel return. Not like he is a grizzle vet. Worked out of a heck of a jam in the 9th, not completely of his making.

    I know a thing or two about “catcher’s interference” my glove ended up on the pitcher’s mound, I had to check to make sure my hand was not still in it. Taught me real fast not to reach for the ball.

    I expect Minor’s first start back to be a bit rocky too. Just the way of baseball, methinks…

    That line drive off El Orso Blanco’s bat into the left field bleachers was a thing of beauty in the 10th wasn’t it?


  218. 232 Vox O'Raison April 22, 2014 at 9:50 am

    That line drive off El Orso Blanco’s bat into the left field bleachers was a thing of beauty in the 10th wasn’t it?

    Yes it was. Crushed. At first I just figured it’d drop in front of the LF; I was hopeful that it might get by him to the wall. Never imagined it’d just keep rising. That ball was smoked.


  219. 233 Gil in Mechanicsville April 22, 2014 at 10:02 am

    How long did it take for Evan’s gopher to get out of Turner Field? Sounded like a homer when he hit the ball, just a wonder of if it had enough elevation. Jim Beecham used to hit them like that out of the Richmond ballpark back in the day…. And Brett Butler coaching thirdbase for the Fish…. I saw him play centerfield for the Richmond Braves when he was first coming up, One of the fastest guys I have ever seen. I still remember the shock when I learned he and Brook Jacolby had been traded to the Indians for Len Barker…. Oh the humanity… At least when JS made that trade to Texas for Texiera, we all thought the Braves were getting something. Well, actually they did… 5 years of mediocrity while the Rangers went to the World Series with the talent they acquired from the Bravos.


  220. 234 Vox O'Raison April 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Tyler Greene almost made the team out of ST, and likely would have if Pastor had not been ready to go…


  221. 235 Vox O'Raison April 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Me in the 8th inning: “C’mon, Doumit! We need a hit!”

    Mrs. Raisins: “What did you just say?”

    Me: “DO-mit… DO-mit. I said DO-mit as in Ryan Doumit…”


  222. 236 Gil in Mechanicsville April 23, 2014 at 8:34 am

    While it was disappointing to be on the short end of last night’s 1-0 loss to the Fish, that was one of the best pitched games I have ever viewed. Woody must wonder why he is always the guy in the barrel.

    28 strike-outs, zero walks and a Madduxess type game as far as time goes. Over in a rapid 2 hours and 8 minutes. I know Fernadez is getting all the ink but one must wonder when Woods will start getting some recognition? Not as if he is chopped liver out there on the mound.

    I guess unless you are throwing 99 mph, you are not really worthy of their time. To be sure,, Alex has my attention.

    Now, let’s hope the Bravos can salt away the fish and send them packing until they meet again this week-end.


  223. 237 Gil in Mechanicsville April 23, 2014 at 9:04 am



  224. 238 Carolina Lady April 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Raisins, I nearly choked on my coffee! That’s funny!! πŸ˜†


  225. 239 Vox O'Raison April 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I like Andrelton batting 2nd. I think he’s well suited for that slot. He very rarely strikes out, he has good speed, and he has some pop.


  226. 240 Gil in Mechanicsville April 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Wow, just another stellar performance by a Braves starter.

    On Craig Kimbrel, when he came into the game last week against the Mets, I told Josie he would be all over the place and would likely get shelled. He was.

    Two nights ago, I told her, he would be better but not to be surprised if he blew the save. He did but it was like a light switch being thrown when he struck out the last three batters he faced. Today, you could see he was all the way back.

    Gattis… What can I say…. Clutch baby!


  227. 241 Gil in Mechanicsville April 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Oh yeah, Walden is finally healthy! Woohoo… Nasty stuff!


  228. 242 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Off day today, rest well guys…

    While I like David Hale, I do not understand why the Braves would want to keep Minor down on the farm and give David another turn.

    Hale has not pitched poorly and with a a little more offensive support, he would have a much better won/loss record.

    Listening to Tom Glavin go on about how wins and losses are important on a pitcher’s resume’, I am incline to say they are only indicative of the type of team around a particular pitcher. A lot of good pitchers do not always have the benefit of being backed up by a team full of All-stars.

    Alex Wood has been abandoned by his offense for the most part so he is a sub .500 pitcher, does that make him a bad pitcher?

    For a pitcher to give up 2 runs in 6 innings, his resulting ERA will be a 3.00. No wonder ball players lose their hair or at least turn gray by age 35. A lot of good pitchers are punished by being tied to bad teams while the opposite is true of some guys who happen to play on teams loaded with talented defenses and offenses.


  229. 243 Vox O'Raison April 24, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I think there are valid arguments on both sides of the “win/loss” debate. Yes, a pitcher’s record can certainly be affected by the team that’s around him. That said, The Marlins’ Jose Fernandez is the early NL Cy Young favorite, and can be a 20 game winner on a fairly mediocre Miami team. Tom Seaver was a 311 game winner and played for some pretty bad Mets teams. And while they certainly did have talent around them, I’d venture a guess and say that Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz were the #1 reason the Braves had their long 14 year division domination. Great pitchers can elevate a team. (Especially when there are 3 future HOF’s in the same rotation. πŸ˜‰ )


  230. 244 berigan2electricboogaloo April 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    weird….keep reading, but not posting…CL, I am all for you being the Braves roving Minister of Defense! πŸ˜†


  231. 245 berigan2electricboogaloo April 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I have to say, I am blown away by how good Alex Wood has been this year! I just didn’t see him being particularly special…and he may yet fall to earth(he almost has to, to some degree) but still…his motion looks much smoother this year…I wonder how long it will be before we find out how much credit Roger McDowell deserves for the starters this year. Saw that Harang was near the top, or the top guy in the last 2 years giving up 7 or more runs in a game.
    I was not impressed by him the last few years he was in Cincy! Seemed to have no “stuff” now, he looks like a 25 year old , with a much better stuff. I mean, last year, the Mariners, who play in a pitchers park…he had a 5.76 ERA. Went tot he mutts, and had a 3.52 ERA for the last month of the year. Did he learn something there?
    Weird…but a good weird! πŸ˜‰


  232. 246 berigan2electricboogaloo April 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    The “worst” braves starter is Hale, with a 2.93 ERA. Is this just all amazingly good luck?


  233. 247 Carolina Lady April 24, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Ber, think I’d last very long?? πŸ˜†

    Great article on Simba:

    Everybody seems to have a nickname except Kimbrel (that I know of). Seems that “Special K” would fit him.


  234. 248 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Special K is already taken I believe. Good try though


  235. 249 Vox O'Raison April 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Pretty sure he has a nickname he’s called in the clubhouse. I’ve heard other players call him something… can’t think of it though. Something like “Dirt”… can’t remember…


  236. 250 Vox O'Raison April 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

    (That’s me, BTW…)


  237. 251 Vox O'Raison April 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Well… that tweet obviously hit a nerve. It’s being retweeted like crazy, and my email is blowing up in the process. (I get notified as being “mentioned in a conversation” because I asked the original question, and DOB answered it on his public twitter on which he has close to 56K followers.) Lesson learned…


  238. 252 Vox O'Raison April 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

    … although I am thankful he answered my question. So… c’est la vie…


  239. 253 Vox O'Raison April 25, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Ha ha ha… some guy suggested “Redneck Rivera” and now that is being retweeted like crazy. Today, this novice has learned the power of Twitter.


  240. 254 Vox O'Raison April 25, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus: There are no analytical or scouting reasons to believe that Harang has re-invented himself at this late stage of his career. Ultimately, Harang has benefited from a low BABIP, high strand rate, and unsustainable level of success with runners in scoring position. Though his contributions to date should not be underestimated, there remains a good chance that the Braves will end up replacing Harang in the rotation before the season is out.

    And that, folks, is why people should get out of their basements and actually watch a ballgame every now and then.


  241. 255 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    So many possibilities of what the Braves can do with Harang. First choice is to hold him as long as possible just in case someone else has there arm fall off. Minor and Gavin are both waiting for someone to blow up, pretty sure they are both ready to be back in the bigs.


  242. 256 Vox O'Raison April 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Minor is only waiting for the rotation to turn over one more time. Hale is making his last big league start for a while tonight…


  243. 257 Carolina Lady April 25, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Raisins is famous!!! Just shows that inquiring minds want to know! πŸ˜†

    Interesting. I kinda thought Special K was a little lame, but, just in my opinion, they could have come up with something better than Dirty C. Oh, well. Not important in the grand scheme of life, huh? πŸ˜€

    The Doorman – shuts the door on the opposition. ( ? ) OK, I’ll go to my room now. πŸ™‚


  244. 258 berigan2electricboogaloo April 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    And that, folks, is why people should get out of their basements and actually watch a ballgame every now and then.
    V, exactumundo! (Blog first! πŸ˜› )
    There are players that figure things out, make changes, learn a new pitch…get in better shape.
    Remember Darrell Evans? Slick fielding 3rd baseman , came up with the braves. I remembered him first with the Giants. Hit 41 homers at age 26, then didn’t hit more than 25 HR’s til he hit 30 at the age of 36…then, he went to the Tigers, and hit 16 HR’s in that old bandbox. For reasons completely unknown to me, I remember Angels pitcher Bobby Witt talking about hitters on the Roy Firestone show on ESPN, and how Evans tried to hit a homer every time up, and how he was a pretty easy out(Yes, I remember this from the 80s, but lost my keys the other day , and even when I found them, didn’t remember putting them where I found them 😦 ) Well….at the age of 38, he hit….40 HR’s to lead the league. hit 29 at the age of 39, and 34 at the age of 40! (And played in 150 games)
    Did he start using roids? Not likely. Might have started working out more, got somewhat stronger , but most likely…found a way to get quicker to the ball like David Ortiz has…shortened the swing, something. I know I have been taking about a hitter, but some pitchers have gotten better with age/experience…..


  245. 259 Gil in Mechanicsville April 26, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Ber, it’s called “learning”… Failure is a great teacher for most all of us. (Some people never learn) they are called losers….


  246. 260 Gil in Mechanicsville April 26, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Listening to Tom Glavin they other night gave a great example, he said he discovered new ways of getting people out as he got older.


  247. 261 Carolina Lady April 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Former Brave:


    I once met him on a flight and he is just as down-to-earth and pleasant as he can be! In First Class? Nope, way in the back with all the regular folks. I’ll never forget those few moments.


  248. 262 Gil in Mechanicsville April 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    CL, Bob Uecker has to be one of the funniest guys on the planet. Impeccable timing. I loved his line on how difficult it was to catch Phil Nickro, He said it was easy, he just waited until it stopped rolling after it hit the screen and then he pick it up.


  249. 263 Carolina Lady April 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Johnny Carson asked him what was his longest 0-fer streak.
    Uke said, “Ohhhhhh, 0 for June or July, I think.”

    I just love the guy!


  250. 264 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Well.Julio and Jonny were o fers today….Heck of a pitcher’s duel. Been saying that a lot lately….


  251. 266 Vox O'Raison April 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Super article indeed. And it’s about the first I’ve seen that indicates that this great start is NOT an aberration. I believe in this bunch. I’ve said from day 1 I believe Teheran is an ace, and I’ve said from day 1 that Wood is not just some guy in the bottom of the rotation. he reminds me so much of the ChiSox Chris Sale, a perennial Cy Young vote-getter. Granted, nobody imagined Harang would be this good, nor Hale for that matter. But they are, and that’s reality.

    And now that BJ is actually seeing the ball again, and that Danny is hitting alot of loud outs that have to start falling in at some point, this team has big time potential to win alot of games.

    At the very least, they’re a ton of fun to watch.


  252. 267 Gil in Mechanicsville April 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Anyone else see the game where BJ flat out missed a fly ball pop up? It was the day before he started wearing glasses…. I think it is what convinced him that it was time to put aside the vanity and don his Spike Lee’s

    It is encouraging when the outs he and Uggla make are of the loud at-em balls as opposed to the weak ground balls to the short stop or in the catcher’s glove after a third strike. You are right Raisins, sometimes it is just bad luck but they do fall in. I also notice the same thing when opposing batters crush a ball that is snagged by Freddie or Chris Johnson.

    I always take that as a sign a pitcher is tiring and leaving balls up in the zone.

    I said before the season began, I would be happy if the Braves could make it through this stretch sans Minor and Gavin Floyd with a .500 record, I would be pretty happy with that. Looks like they have exceeded that expectation by quite a bit. Also, we should remember this was supposed to be the “easy” part of their schedule. There are some pretty good clubs looming ahead for the Braves in May.

    That will likely cause the staff ERA to rise but perhaps the Braves bats can heat up a bit too. Did we really think Heyward would be 0 fer April? I still think there is a physical problem we don’t know about. Hard to take that Gold Glove out of right field but now is the time to do it and let him heal.

    One last thing, doesn’t Walden look impressive now that he is healthy? yes, I know it has taken a while but you get the feeling that if Kimbrel falters, there is a guy who the Braves can go to carry the water for a spell.


  253. 268 Vox O'Raison April 29, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    2night’s lineup:

    1- JHey, RF (LH)
    2- Pena, 3B (SH)
    3- Free, 1B (LH)
    4- Gatt, C (RH)
    5- Doumit, LF (SH)
    6- Simba, SS (RH)
    7- Schafer, CF (LH)
    8- Pastor, 2B (RH)
    9- Wood, LHP

    Interesting choice of bats to go against the K machine, Jose Fernandez. As many RH batters as Fredi can find, and a bunch of slap hitters too. I’m thinking those 14 K’s left a bad taste in Fredi’s mouth…


  254. 272 Vox O'Raison April 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm



  255. 273 Vox O'Raison April 30, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I was looking back on last night’s game trying to find something positive…

    Well, nobody got hurt. πŸ˜•


  256. 274 Gil in Mechanicsville April 30, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Well, that was kind of ugly, wasn’t it? You got the feeling Fredi was conceding the game when 4 of the regulars all came down with Fernadoitis… Come on, giving one of the regulars an extra days rest, okay, but when you turn it into a spring training travel squad line up, well… you get what you got… I just feel bad for Freeman and Heyward because their was no one left to play their positions for them too… The had to ride it out.

    Woods was due for a fall, just the way the baseball goods go about their business, He made some good pitches but some not so good and when Stanton took him deep the other way, well, you just saw the wind come out of his sails and the game was over.

    I put this one on Fredi more than anyone else. Not saying the results would have been different, just less of a Triple A feel to it. I hope the big boys enjoyed their two day fling in Miami, now it’s time to get back to work….


  257. 275 Gil in Mechanicsville May 1, 2014 at 12:30 am

    I was talking with a friend today who is even older than the dirt I was made from. We had a discussion about all things baseball and agreed that the baseball gods have a way of evening things out in the long run. What we have witnessed the Marlins do to Braves’ pitching the past couple of nights is an example of just such an evening out methinks….


  258. 276 Gil in Mechanicsville May 1, 2014 at 12:32 am

    And I;m pretty sure the Braves will be more than happy to escape Miami with no one on the DL. A pretty remarkable feat when you take into consideration the clubbing they have experienced the past two nights.


  259. 277 Vox O'Raison May 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

    It’s amazing what can happen to the starters’ collective ERA in just 2 nights’ time…


  260. 278 Gil in Mechanicsville May 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

    It’s like water finding it’s level, No matter how long you try to hold back the torrent, eventually, it will break thru the walls. Happens to hitters, happens to pitchers, happens to fielders. Eventually, they will all return to the numbers on the back of their baseball cards.


  261. 279 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2014 at 10:45 am

    At least the beating last night was a bit more palatable. A couple of bloops and viol la. You have a loss. Hey, they Braves has their chances. The boys have to learn situationanal hitting is good too. Anyway…. back home to friendlier confines. Let’s see if the Giants are as good at stealing signs….


  262. 280 berigan2electricboogaloo May 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Gil, I sure hope Harang doesn’t go back to the back of his card! :/


  263. 281 berigan2electricboogaloo May 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Chris Johnson signed a sweet deal, for the braves. A 3rd baseman that can hit, could get a much better deal on the market, but I wonder if he feels like the braves finally gave him a chance to be a full timer, and rewarded them ?


  264. 282 berigan2electricboogaloo May 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    And why is JHey playing every day? I know he’s the right fielder,(and one of the best of those) but…. in basically 1/6th of the season, he’s hitting .206. .095 against lefties. Sure is a shame Schafer doesn’t bat right handed, but still, I bet he could hit say….190 against lefties. I know also you want to get him going…well, a day or two off might get him going…but having he and BJ at the top of the lineup hitting .around .210…means it’s kind hard to get the offense rolling.


  265. 283 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    On last night’s Braves broadcast, Joe Simpson said the Braves were suspicious that the Marlins had someone stealing signs. Not sure if the did or not, it appeared that they sure knew what was coming and did not miss any pitch up, and there were plenty of those. Just too many things for it to be purely coincidental.

    I cannot say one way or the other, it did look like the Braves pitchers were throwing batting practice for the Marlin hitters. My biggest beef however was the Braves continued insistence to ignore the obvious. The stink when it come to situational hitting. It seems like everyone want to be the hero and hit the walk off homer. They have forgotten (or never learned) get em on, get em over and get em in….


  266. 284 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Guys, I’m kind of at a loss for words. Losing 6 in a row will do that methinks. At least Denny Hamlin won Sunday and I picked up a nice Snap On 1/2 inch drive 18 volt impact wrench set for $35 bucks… So, the week end was not a total bust. Close but well, you know!


  267. 285 berigan2electricboogaloo May 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Gil, I think the lack of posts here the last few days shows everyone is! I was thinking after 5 in a row, well…at least getting it out of their system earlier in the year…after 6, yet another game of only scoring 1 run….blech! At least the Nats have also stunk of late…It’s a team like the Marlins that scares me(perhaps the Mutts too) they have to feel anyone can win at this point…
    and they would be right


  268. 286 berigan2electricboogaloo May 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    CL, just saw, the Braves-Cards game is on ESPN tonight! Bring us some good luck, ok? πŸ˜‰


  269. 288 berigan2electricboogaloo May 5, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    well…7 losses in a row…..Freddi’s idea of shaking things up…is to have the pitcher bat 8th,….ummm, ok…How about having BJ sit on the bench and play schafer against a rightie? Nah…his 2 HR’s and 6 RBI’s have to be in there. Doumit, in left, Schafer in CF, Justin in RF, wouldn’t that be shaking things up?

    Meanwhile, it’s Uggla that’s been benched, only don’t say he’s been benched…from ESPN….
    With Pena in the lineup, Dan Uggla was on the bench for the third time in four games. Coming off the worst season of his career, Uggla is hitting just .190 with two homers and 10 RBIs.

    Gonzalez said he was merely looking for the best matchups — Uggla hits right-handed, Pena is a switch-hitter — and the move was not permanent. In fact, the manager took umbrage when a reporter used the word “benched” and said later that Uggla will likely be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

    “He’s not benched,” Gonzalez snapped. “He’s just not playing today.”

    But Uggla, one of the team’s most highly paid players, was clearly upset by his lack of playing time.

    “Nobody tells me anything anymore,” he said. “I come to the field and do my job. That’s it.”


  270. 289 Carolina Lady May 6, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Sounds like the club house isn’t a completely happy place anymore. Don’t blame them.


  271. 290 Vox O'Raison May 6, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I don’t know if Fredi has lost his clubhouse, but he’s lost me. Only an idiot bats the pitcher 8th. If your logic is to have someone on base when Heyward comes to bat, then take Heyward ot of the leadoff spot…. which, by the way, is historically one of his worst spots to bat.


  272. 291 Vox O'Raison May 6, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Heyward is a career .257 hitter trending downward since his most productive year in 2012 when he his .269 (that isn’t exactly Tony Gwynn) with 27 HR and 82 RBI. At that point we all exalted him as the next great Brave and too good to be affordable. BTW – he achieved those numbers in the #3 slot for over half the season (83 games) and did not bat leadoff in a single game.

    For what it’s worth, Dan Uggla hit 22 HR and drove in 55 runs last season and we vilify him as the worst hitter ever. Yet Jason gets exalted with 27/82? Doesn’t seem equitable to me.

    Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not defending Uggla. And I’ll gratefully take 27 HR and 82 RBI again from Jason. But I’m having a hard time with “shaking up the order” but leaving Jason at leadoff. If you want to use Jason correctly, put him in a RBI position. He’s a run producer. Duh!

    Did you know that Jason has 0 official career AB’s as a cleanup hitter? It’s true. But Fredi keeps sticking him out there at leadoff.

    I’ll tell ya, I just cant get past this “pitcher batting 8th” thing. It’s Fredi’s way of trying to outthink the room. Well, there’s a reason pitcher’s bat last… they can’t hit.

    Now try to follow this logic. Fredi takes Uggla out again (3 of the last 4 games) to insert Pena – whom I like alot – to get more production out of 2B. Then he bats him 9th. That, folks, is just flat out dumb.

    If you want to “shake up the lineup”, put players in position to succeed. Don’t get cute just to look like your doing something.

    And here’s another rant… Gattis is one of your best run producers with 7 HR and 15 RBI thus far in only 26 of the team’s 31 games, some of those appearances being as a PH. He’s sitting 2 games every week. Why? If you want to “rest” him, then do it in July and August when it’s sweltering in Atlanta. Not in April and May when it’s comfortable. And the guy can’t possibly be tired yet!

    I’ve given Fredi the benefit of the doubt and held my tongue on many items because the team was holding 1st place, so I figured the end was justifying the means. But this morning they sit in 2nd with a 7 game losing streak. And while it’s true that Fredi can’t swing the bats himself, he can give his players the best chance to succeed. I don’t think he’s doing that. I’m about over it.

    How about work the players’ on bunting… on situational hitting… on moving a guy over? They can’t execute. And it’s up and down the lineup. That falls at the coaches’ and manager’s feet. I don’t think they could drop a bunt off a tee.

    And this is a young team. What are you setting them up for? What are you molding them to be?

    And while I’m spewing venom, I’ll spew some Frank’s way too. You’ve built a team full of run producers, but no table setters. How can Freeman and JUp drive guys in when nobody is on base?

    Well, the rift has already begun between the management and Uggla. You can sense it. Dan’s too much a professional to make it public, but you can sense it. It’s as if he’s being singled out as the root of the team’s offensive woes, yet he’s not batted higher than 6th in a single game.

    The root of the team’s offensive problems lies at the top of the order where they aren’t getting on base. The leadoff guy is batting .223 with 29 K’s, and the #2 guy is batting .207 with 35 K’s. But Fredi sits the #6 batter and moves the pitcher to 8th.

    Yeah, that’ll do it.


  273. 292 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Thanks guys for taking up the slack. To be honest, I saw it coming even when we were in first place because as we all know, you cannot go an entire season relying on a bunch of young pitchers carrying your team every night. Alex Woods must be to the point he believes he has to pitch a perfect game in order to win.

    Okay, no use in losing sleep over it, it is not going to change anything. That is only going to happen with a change in management. Unfortunately, the Braves don’t have enough wiggle room to eat contracts like Uggla and Upton’s.

    After all, it is not like they are waiting for someone to come back off the DL to give the team a boost. They have who they have….


  274. 293 Vox O'Raison May 6, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I have 2 final thoughts not involving my current disdain for our manager. Bobby Cox used to say that June 1 was his day to assess his lineup. Anything earlier was premature. Well, he’s a HOF’er, so I’ll take his word for it. But after June 1…

    #1- The money is already spent. I have never understood the argument that a guy’s contract dictated his playing time. The money’s already spent whether he plays 162 games or 62 games. In my mind, the idea is to put a winning team on the field. Otherwise, what’s the point?

    But I also get that there is more to the dynamic. If you sit BJ, how does he react? And how does that affect the clubhouse? We already know how Dan will react. Fredi floated that balloon during last year’s playoffs. And then he had several months to let it die down. Kind of a “hit and run”, so to speak. But during the season? Not sure Fredi has the guts for it.

    #2- Tommy La Stella is batting .320 with a .376 OBP at AAA Gwinnett. He has 10 walks vs. 8 K’s. He’s batting a mind-blowing .393 when behind in the count. He’s averaging 1 K per 14.13 plate appearances.

    La Stella: “My approach with two strikes centers around putting the ball in play. I’m putting the barrel on the ball and I’m ready for any pitch. Before two strikes, I’m looking for a certain pitch or a certain zone. With two strikes, I’m reacting to what I see. There’s something about having two strikes that makes me focus better. You lay off closer pitches with two strikes or when you’re behind the count.”

    That’s a novel approach, eh? He has a .327 career minor league AVG and hit .343 in 81 games for AA Mississippi last season. And get this one… he’s got a career OBP of .408. But he has very little power. He’s the anti-Uggla at the plate.

    It should also be noted that he’s NOT a defensive upgrade at 2B. Not saying he’s Robert Duran, (google it; check out his nickname), but neither is he Roberto Alomar.

    Still, there is a broad belief that La Stella could be called up soon to become the regular 2B. I like Dan alot. I really do. Nobody grinds more than he does, and he doesn’t make excuses. But if on June 1 he’s still hitting below the Mendoza line, I’d make the change.


  275. 294 Vox O'Raison May 6, 2014 at 11:53 am

    And the more I think about this (hopefully not overthinking)…

    Fredi has sat Danny 3 of 4, but not BJ whose numbers are no better. I almost think that Fredi sees Danny as dispensable, but not BJ. I sense a change in the air…


  276. 295 Vox O'Raison May 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Here’s a nice factoid…

    BJ has a .350 OBP in his last 14 games. I suppose the game is a little easier when you can actually see.


  277. 296 Vox O'Raison May 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Last post, and I’ll step off the soapbox. Given recent trends and regressions/improvements… and given players’ strengths and weaknesses, here’s MY lineup today:

    1- BJ, R (aforementioned OBP trend plus SB threat)
    2- Simba, R (makes contact and doesn’t strike out; good speed)
    3- Freeman, L (he’s the best run producer on the team)
    4- JUp, R (run producer; prototypical cleanup hitter)
    5- JHey, L (see above rant)
    6- Gatt, R (said it earlier)
    7- CJohn, R
    8- Uggla, R (perhaps insert La Stella here in the near future?)
    9- Pitcher (duh)

    Given the lack of LH’s in the lineup, it’s hard to do the R-L-R-L thing. Did I mention that La Stella bats LH?

    Also, notice that I said my lineup today. I do have the license to change it as trends and slumps occur.

    And I would never, EVER bat the pitcher 8th. That’s just dumb.


  278. 297 Vox O'Raison May 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Just found this…

    Bowman: “… some of Atlanta’s players have privately suggested that they believe Pastornicky would be a productive replacement for Uggla.”

    Not sure the context under which these “suggestions” were obtained, but that’s not good when it goes public. I’m imagining the clubhouse this afternoon. Gotta be some tension.


  279. 298 Vox O'Raison May 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    So here is Fredi’s idiotic lineup for tonight:

    1- JHeyd, RF (JHey has proven he’s not not a leadoff hitter; K’s too much.)
    2- JUp, LF (That’s it. Take a prolific bopper and put him in the role of moving a guy over. Oh, and he has the most K’s on the team.)
    3- Free, 1B (Fredi gets 1 out of 9 right. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.)
    4- CJohn, 3B (Batting cleanup has been disastrous for contact guy CJohn this season.)
    5- Laird, C (Where the #3!! is Gatt?)
    6- BUpton, CF (The guy was heating up a little, so let’s drop him to 6th with Uggla behind him. BJ won’t get anything to hit.)
    7- Uggla, 2B (Uh, he’s a mental mess now. Nice going Fredi.)
    8- Floyd, P (Dumb. Just Dumb.)
    9- Simmons, SS (Prototypical #2 guy batting 9th. Brilliant.)


  280. 299 berigan2electricboogaloo May 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Glad to see everyone postin’ again! πŸ™‚
    Yeah, LaRussa did the pitcher batting 8th thing once in awhile…if it was so great, why don’t NL managers do it all the time????
    Would say more, but guess what???? I’m going to the game tonight!!!!! :LOL: sure hope they win tonight, they are due, no matter what…


  281. 300 berigan2electricboogaloo May 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    err..I mean πŸ˜† couldn’t post at all for a minute, had to close this page then come back…weird..


  282. 301 Vox O'Raison May 6, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Have fun at the game tonight Ber!! Throw something at Fredi for me…


  283. 302 Vox O'Raison May 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    And the skid ends tonight with a 2-1 win. Yes… a 2 run onslaught. Must be batting the pitcher 8th. Yep, that’s it alright.


  284. 303 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Morning folks.. Ah, my will to live has been restored….

    A couple of notes: First, Dan made a heck of a play tonight, to bad his foot slipped and he was unable to make the throw, would have been a web gem for sure. as it was, it is pretty much like a loud out or a 500 foot foul ball.

    I thought the failed squeeze play in the eight was idiotic. What, Laid can’t hit a fly ball? Freedie, bless his heart, is one of the slowest runners on the team. A safety squeeze maybe but that was just not the time or place for a squeeze play. Just a really dumb move. Luckily, Kimbrel is Kimbrel again.

    TIme to move J-Hey down in the order. If you are going to bat the pitcher eight, let J-Hey bat second. I would let Pena/Pastornicky/BJ Upton lead off. BJ is seeing the ball and able to take walks again. Just saying… but what do we know, we are just a bunch of know nothing bloggers, right?


  285. 304 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

    One last thing about Uggla, the guy is trying too hard to stay on the team. It’s like writer’s block. The guy is starting to hate his job. Hate his surroundings etc. We would all love to see him do well but I think everyone is at a loss as to what that will take at this point beyond new surroundings and no one will trade for him and take on his contract when they are just waiting to claim him after he clears waivers and pay him minimum.

    A lot like Andrew Jones at the end.

    But like you said Raisins, the money is spent, no matter who you plug in…


  286. 305 Vox O'Raison May 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Just a really dumb move.

    They are coming in bunches now…


  287. 306 Vox O'Raison May 7, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I would let Pena/Pastornicky/BJ Upton lead off.

    Agreed 100%.


  288. 307 Vox O'Raison May 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

    the money is spent, no matter who you plug in…

    Yes it is. And I fear that given that he has become the popular scapegoat, he’s gotta go. Yes, he’s a grinder; he’s a great teammate, even in the face of alot of adversity. ALOT of adversity. But at some point you have to pull the plug. And if you begin to get something out of 2B, you can be a little more patient with CF.

    Is it time to call up La Stella? I’m not sure. I think Pastor can play; I know he can hit. He’d be a decent leadoff candidate. I still like Pena as super-sub. Actually, both Pena and Pastor are super-subs. I suppose you could use them in a pseudo-platoon situation, even though Pena is a SH. That might not be a bad deal, and would prevent either from being exposed by everyday play.

    But what of Uggla? If he can’t hit with regular AB’s, is there any reason to think he could come off the bench in a tight game and deliver a big hit? Not really confident in that. And he certainly would not be a defensive replacement.

    Its a tough call. not sure Fredi has enough Bobby influence to wait ’til June 1 to do anything. He has shown lesser patience already. I do not expect to see Uggla in tonight’s lineup.


  289. 308 Vox O'Raison May 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I read through the weekly MLBTR Chat from yesterday, The Braves are NEVER mentioned on there… just not enough national appeal, I suppose. Yesterday, they had 4 mentions – all asking when/how the Braves will dump Uggla. It’s getting bad, y’all.


  290. 309 Vox O'Raison May 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    BTW- If Frank is going to call up La Stella to the show, I hope he waits at least until after tomorrow. I am going with my daughter’s school to see an early game at Gwinnett. Last year for that game, JHey was making a rehab start. (He went hitless.) Looking forward to seeing La Stella, Bethancourt and Terdo tomorrow.


  291. 310 Vox O'Raison May 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    LH Hector Rodriguez is scheduled to make the 10:35am start. Yes, 10:35am.

    It’ll also be cool to see Edward Salcedo at 3B. I remember when he was a much ballyhooed int’l signing. Not much bally or hoo left, I fear.


  292. 311 Carolina Lady May 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I hate what I’m seeing in very poor management and judgement. The Braves clubhouse has always been known as a good one, a happy one. And a lot of the credit for that went to Bobby Cox’s carved-in-stone rule of keeping things private. Never discussed or intimated to press, et al.

    Seems that Gonzalez is taking a personal vendetta of some sort out on Dan. Did Dan have the guts to tell the “boss” that he wasn’t managing well, or something close to it?

    If it is personal, then Gonzalez is not management material. I’m sure Cox, Wren and even Sherholtz are watching.

    Okay – what if? What if Freddi is fired? (I’d be surprised but let’s play the game). What do you think would happen then?


  293. 312 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Sun was right in our eyes for about 1 1/2 hours, 4 plus innings…note to self(and everyone else) 2nd deck, behind right-field foul pole…not the place to be , at least in May! πŸ˜‰ But, temps dropped soon after the sun went behind the stadium, very pleasant! Also, we are clearly good luck charms πŸ˜‰ So glad they finally won! No thanks the Freddi, IMHO.
    Doumit pinch hits, but Gattis doesn’t? Now…if we hear he’s hurt, or something else in place…then clearly not Freddi’s fault. But, as V has already pointed out, Gattis has had a crazy amount of rest already.
    I can see (to a degree) that Laird, what with more experience and all, made sense to catch Gavin Floyd (by the way, kinda hard to tell how good he was from so far away, what did you all think?) but…when Laird was told to bunt…how often does a part time catcher bunt? Again, should folks be able to bunt? sure…but as I was saying to the guys I went to the game with….pitchers have to practice , pitch fairly often, right? Hitters have to hit a lot for timing…how often do the braves practice bunting? Spring training was a long time ago…
    Call me crazy, but I would have hit Gattis for Doumit, or Laird…but, he sat on the bench instead….did not feel like a game that would be won by the bravos….thank goodness for Chris Johnson’s huge hit! And Kimbrel.


  294. 313 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    CL, good question! Not sure who would be on the short list…and unless the team just fell apart, ended up in last place, don’t think they would fire him…at least during the season.


  295. 314 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I think one reason the braves have made Uggla the bad guy, is that his contract is just through next year….BJ is through 2017…and is younger…also, BJ has a brother on the team, you may have heard of him…so, if BJ became the bad guy…he and his brother would get mad and could demand trades/releases….


  296. 315 Carolina Lady May 7, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    It’s just plain wrong to make any player on your team “the bad guy.” No excuse for it. You want the guy to go out and produce, don’t you? So why stir up bad feelings. It only spreads, then ya got a mess on your hands. Kinda like mayo during the summer.


  297. 316 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Josie is already upset so many of her favorite players are gone/retired/traded etc. If Uggla goes, I’ll probably be watching the games by myself. Even I give up pretty quickly these days. Last night, I knew it was over after the Cards scored their third run. Two reasons, Not scoring even when they should and knowing they are facing Wainwright and knowing they won’t score more than a couple off him on a good day.

    The Braves are pretty much set as far as their team. All those contracts are already extended. We’ve got what we’ve got.


  298. 317 berigan2electricboogaloo May 8, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Jordan Schafer…on pace to get 88 ab’s. I know, not hitting…well, kinda hard to hit when you don’t, ya know? And of course with BJ Upton hitting .213 against right handed pitching, you can’t expect to get 1-2 starts a week.
    JHey is 4 for 31 against lefties(.129) So you can’t expect him to ride the bench and let Schafer play 1-2 games a week either. in a small sample , Uggla is hitting .250 against lefties(Has he been sitting when lefties are pitching? 16 AB’s the whole year) .172 against righties, so you can’t expect Pena or Pastor to play against righties til he works things out(IF)
    A weird team…Doumit had at least 484 AB;s the last 2 seasons. Now, he’s the 3rd string catcher, and backup 1st baseman to the best player on the club. So, he’s basically the left handed pinch hitter. New league, new role.
    Do we really need him? Nice to have a 3rd catcher…but seems he might be worth something more to another team…what would be get back for him though? Likely nothing…oh well. Two back up infielders, one, The Pastor, is on pace for…get this…49 AB’s this year!!!! Oh well, at 24 years of age, you have to expect that…You know….has anyone had the thought that the manager of the braves has regressed, and really isn’t that good at managing 25 players?


  299. 318 berigan2electricboogaloo May 8, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Oh, and guess who has more RBI’s than Simmons, BJ JHey, and Chris Johnson?


  300. 320 Vox O'Raison May 9, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Bowman: Uggla has seemingly exhausted all of the patience Atlanta showed him over the past two years.




  301. 321 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Easier to scapegoat Uggla than it is BJ Upton….

    I’m with Ber on this one, I’m thinking it’s more the management team than the players…

    I wonder if Dan will end up in Japan? His money follows him no matter and I think it would allow him to get back to where he can clear his head. You know all the rumors have to be making his bat heavy.

    Everyone wanted to see Dan use the whole field more but that often results in more singles, not more homers.

    When I said I would be happy if the Braves could just play .500 ball until the return of Floyd and Minor, I did not mean for them to go from 14-7 to 16 -14 in a week to do it….


  302. 322 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Of course, the Braves could run off 6 straight wins and all would be forgotten… Yeah, like that is going to happen…

    And will Gattis every learn to lay off that high hard one? Seems that the word is out on him as far as that goes…


  303. 323 Vox O'Raison May 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

    The Braves are in a real bind over Uggla, and I hate it. Personally, I like Uggla alot. But as Bowman has described the Braves FOT’s (front office types), I have also lost my patience with him.

    Yes, he’s a great guy with exceptional character. Yes, he’s a tremendous teammate. Yes, he works harder than anyone else on the team. Yes, there is no one else on the planet that has a greater desire to end the skid than Dan himself. But those qualities aren’t helping the team score runs… and they need runs. And he’s being paid an obscene amount of money to generate runs.

    And as even Stevie Wonder could see, his salary has tied the hands of the FOT’s. He’s completely untradeable, and how can you release $24M? How can you just show a guy the door and continue to write a check to him for $1M a month. Think about that… $1M a month.

    I cannot fathom that kind of money, and the Braves have been out in a position to just effectively set fire to $1M a month.

    But the “die is cast” already. They’re either gonna pay it to a guy taking up a valuable spot in the lineup, or they’re gonna pay it – plus the league minimum – to give a kid a shot at making a difference.

    Now… the other wrench in the mucked up 2B works is that the team is in the Pastornicky camp. No shots at La Stella, but they feel Pastor deserves his own shot. And I can’t really disagree. But you can’t keep Danny around on the bench or in the clubhouse. It’s just not feasible. So it’s play him and pay him, or release him and pay him.

    If it were me, I’d release him and give Pastornicky his shot. Id leave La Stella at AAA for another year, and call up Terdo for the bench.

    It’ll come to pass, too. And I’ll get another prophet star. πŸ™‚


  304. 324 Vox O'Raison May 9, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Why are the Braves losing patience with Uggla while seemingly giving BJ a pass? Here are 5 key differences:

    1) Dan is 34; BJ is 29. That’s huge in baseball years.

    2) Dan is no Brooks Robinson and plays only one position, 2B. His defense can best be described as tolerable. BJ plays a premium defensive position well, and has great speed on the basepaths. He can help the team in other ways even if he’s not hitting.

    3) Not only has Dan’s hitting in general dropped off the table, his power has disappeared. In the past couple of years, even when hitting near the Mendoza line, he was still running into a few fastballs and smashing at least 20 HR’s. In 2014, his power has virtually disappeared. His SLG is a paltry .272. Let’s put that in perspective – Rafael Belliard had a career SLG of .259. BJ’s overall offensive stats are up across the board from last season’s debacle, and by all accounts he’s improved his overall approach at the plate. And he already has 7 SB’s without the rules allowing him to steal 1B.

    4) Maybe the most important difference: the Chipper factor. Chipper’s comments regarding Dan are that he looks great in “flips” and in the cage, but has the “Andruw syndrome” in games. Chipper says he can’t stop spinning on his front and trying to hook everything around the LF pole. And he says he has a loop in his swing which makes it very difficult to meet the ball cleanly. Ouch. As to BJ, Chipper says he’s cleaned up the hitches in his swing and has corrected his bat path. Chipper says he believes BJ’s results will soon begin to reflect the improvements he’s made as he regains his timing. To summarize, Chipper says Dan is toast; BJ shows promise.

    5) BJ’s brother Justin plays LF; Dan’s brother Mike is… who knows?

    OK.. that last one really didn’t matter, but I needed a 5th item to make it look really complete.


  305. 325 Vox O'Raison May 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Did you know that “Uggla” is Swedish for “owl”?

    Who knew?



  306. 326 Vox O'Raison May 9, 2014 at 11:50 am


  307. 327 Vox O'Raison May 9, 2014 at 11:51 am


  308. 328 Vox O'Raison May 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Yep. Like I said, Barring injury, La Stella will spend the year in AAA Gwinnett.


  309. 329 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    And of course the Pastor has….10 AB’s , and it’s May 9th. 5 AB’s as a 2nd baseman. I assume he can play 3rd? Chris Johnson has played in all but 1 game,and has brought his B.A. up to .246.
    So, how good can he be in game situations after sitting on the bench for almost 6 weeks?
    FG sure puts his players in a position to succeed.


  310. 330 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Pretty simple as far as giving CJ a breather when necessary, play Pena at third.

    Does anyone think Jeffery Loria of the Marlins is still laughing at how he hoodwinked the Braves in trading for Dunn and Infante’?


  311. 331 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    As it stands, with so many days off in the schedule, no need to give CJ a day off.


  312. 332 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    As for Uggla not being able to take it from the driving range to the tee box. At least he knows, he is capable, he is going to get it together and become a hitting fool. Unfortunately, it will not be while he is in a Braves uni.


  313. 333 Vox O'Raison May 9, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    2nite’s stupid lineup:

    1- JHey, RF
    2- JUp, LF (Stupid! The guy hits 1100 ft HR’s and Fredi has him in a spot to make contact and move runners over.)
    3- Free, 1B
    4- Gatt, C
    5- CJohn, 3B
    6- BJ, CF
    7- Simba, SS
    8- Teheran, P (Pure stupid at its finest.)
    9- Pena, 2B (He’s in the lineup to make a difference, but Fredi has him batting last. Stupid.)

    My lineup would be:

    1- JHey, RF (L)
    2- Simba, SS (R)
    3- Free, 1B (L)
    4- JUp, LF (R)
    5- Gatt, C (R)
    6- Pena, 2B (S)
    7- CJohn, 3B (R)
    8- BJ, CF (R)
    9- Teheran, P (Who cares? He’s the pitcher properly batting last.)


  314. 334 Vox O'Raison May 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Fredi announced today that Alex Wood, who has thrown 2 absolute gems and has been one of the best, if not the best, starters we’ve had in this young season, has been moved to the pen. Stupid.


  315. 335 Carolina Lady May 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm


    Somebody must have some pretty rough photos of Fredi and is making threats if the Braves win.

    3rd place and falling.

    Bah humbug!


  316. 336 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    “As it stands, with so many days off in the schedule, no need to give CJ a day off.”
    Gil, true….except, FG thinks Gattis is a delicate rose, and needs a ton of rest, on top of the off days. And…the team hasn’t been hitting, why not, as you say, Pena can play 3rd, why not have him play one day for CJ when I righty was on the hill, and have Pena, who switch hits, play? And keep sharp?
    Meanwhile, as V said…stupid lineup. 24 Y.O. Tyler Pasternicky, is once again riding the bench. Still on pace for 49 AB’s.Not saying Pena shouldn’t play, but he’s hitting .229…nothing FG is doing is making much sense right now…


  317. 337 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    V was wondering why JHey was leading off…darned good question. Yes, he started to hit…last year….leading off. Hey FG, it’s 2014…not 2013. In 129 AB’s…he’s hitting .209. “Slugging” .310.
    I don’t know if FG is familiar with stats, but I have looked at some of his stats….He’s “hitting” .183 with no runners on. With runners on? .278!
    But…keep him hitting…1st. 😦
    Ok, if FG wants to continue with a 9th hitter being a hitter…how about…
    Simmons 1st
    JHey 2nd
    J Up 3rd
    FF 4th
    Gattis 5th
    CJ 6th
    BJ 7th
    Pitcher 8th
    Pena 9th
    This way, 3 times a night, JHey will be batting with 2 real hitters in front of him, (in theory)getting on base, vs. 3 times a night, Pitcher,(and perhaps a PH time) then Pena. No matter what you do, it’s a right handed hitter heavy lineup.


  318. 338 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I miss the FG of 2013….truly out of the box thinking. Remember Gattis, the left fielder? Gattis the 1st baseman? Who had never played 1st? that was gutsy. That was not something Bobby would have done.
    Remember how he would bench…anyone, last year? J Up, BJ, JHey…now, the regulars ALWAYS play…no matter what…


  319. 339 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    except for Uggla, older, with a contract ending sooner…


  320. 342 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Braves pulled one put last night after watching Kimbrel blow a save. Good fortune shine upon Alex Wood as he got a win.

    I don’t really have a problem with Wood in the pen right now. I’m thinking they are going to let Harang hang around a bit longer to see if he i for real and then have one heck of a fire sale for a slightly used starter. Could bring a very good couple of prospects. Only catch is whoever takes a starter will also have to take Uggla…. 8)


  321. 343 Carolina Lady May 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Heck, TJ doesn’t have anything on me – I have a whole set of surgery photos of a complete rotator cuff rupture! Wonder who would be interested in them? And why?! 😯


  322. 344 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm



  323. 345 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Okay, the Braves are still not scoring but they are winning. The hapless Cubbies are scoring even less. Samardzija is likely thinking free agency cannot come fast enough for him so he can sign with a winning franchise and depart the Windy City.


  324. 346 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    On Samardzija… I’d take him…


  325. 347 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day CL…. I hope you and Kelly had a great day.


  326. 348 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Nice game today. The fun begins tomorrow night.


  327. 349 Carolina Lady May 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you, Gil. I appreciate it! We had a nice quiet day. Kelly makes every day Mother’s Day!


  328. 350 berigan2electricboogaloo May 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I was getting so sour on the team(How sour were you? πŸ˜› ) I was happy when the cubs tied the game Friday! Yikes! Some Braves fan, I am…so slapped myself, said don’t let FG’s boneheaded decisions turn you against your team…and they then won 3 in a row…of course, it was the cubs, but still…good to see…well, didn’t see Sunday’s game…and the offensive outburst of 5 runs…


  329. 351 Carolina Lady May 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    It’s good to see them back on top again – but SFO may be a challenge for them though I hope not. Hope Huddy doesn’t have to pitch against them.


  330. 352 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Glad I couldn’t stay up to see that debacle last night. Man am I glad that Fredi’s got this offense cooking! (The keyboard really needs a sarcasm font.) Must be that whole “pitcher batting 8th” thing. Yep, that’s gotta be it. Maybe it’s the “let’s rest strapping young Gattis in a 70 degree environment even though he’s crushing the ball” tactic. Yeah… Laird really tore the cover off the ball last night. Or it could be the “let’s look at our whole lineup of power hitters and take the one guy that isn’t and bat him cleanup” idea.

    Here’s one: let’s bench the moron manager and get someone who has a clue about crafting a lineup.

    I’m refraining from commenting lately because I really can’t have much positive to say as long as our manager continues to look foolish while trying to out-think the room. I am right on the edge of starting the Terry Pendleton for Manager campaign… 😑


  331. 353 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Good morning folks, I did stay up for the game last night. Paying for it this AM though. To be honest, it was an error by Freddie Freeman that undid all the good work done by Gavin Floyd last evening. That and instant replay that showed, maybe. BJ being out at third on a steal attempt. Talk about a momentum swing…

    Then again, so many guys trying to hit the ball 500 feet and pulling off the ball… Making Lincicum look like Cy Young… Very frustrating. I’m beginning to believe that Terry P was not really at fault when it came to the Braves hitting woes. It has always been like this…

    Cannot completely disagree on your assessment of your line up either. I’m beginning to believe that second base has some type of curse on it for the Braves where normally sure handed players go to lose the handle on baseballs.


  332. 354 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Coming into last night’s game, Lincecum had an ERA over 5 and the 2nd worst AVG against at .329… that’s almost 1 hit per 3 batters. If you flip the order over just 4 times, that should translate into 12 hits. The Braves got 2. Ridiculous…


  333. 355 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2014 at 8:49 am

    V, I too foolishly watched the game. Lincecum had a 5.55 ERA coming into the game….would probably be in the bullpen on any other team. They said last night, he hadn’t pitched into the 7th in any game this year, almost got through the 8th against the braves. 13 and 2/3rds innings against the bravos, he has given up 2 runs…
    And I was stunned(not sure why, par for the course of late) to see Laird back in there. I am sure FG’s though process is he helped Floyd the last start..and why not make Gattis feel like he doesn’t have total confidence in him?
    And guess what? Weds is a day game, another prime time to bench Gattis! 😦
    Now, if there is some health issue, they ought to tell us…cuz FG is looking brain dead right about now….At least have Doumit who is starting to heat up a bit, bat left handed against a righty, instead of Laird(who shouldn’t have been playing , but I guess you can’t have too many guys hitting .200 or under in the lineup)…geez…..


  334. 356 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I meant , have Doumit pinch hit late in the game for Laird against a right handed reliever…, not talking the whole game…


  335. 357 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I might as well throw a little more kerosene on the fire. Freddie has been a little too free with his comments about players when they should have been kept quiet. Jordan Schafer is the latest example.

    When a player goes to his manager to discuss an issue, he does not really expect for those issues to become common knowledge, otherwise, he would just vent to the press himself.

    So, it is beginning to look like other teams’ pitchers are circling their calendars for when the Braves will come to town so they can fatten their stats at the Braves expense.

    Need more strike outs on your resume’? No problem…


  336. 358 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

    On a completely different subject – and team even – I hate to see Jose Fernandez go down with an elbow injury. As much as I hate losing to him, he’s a terrific pitcher. Man he’s exciting to watch. Hate to see him go under the knife now. That should dash Miami’s faint hopes…


  337. 359 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

    When a player goes to his manager to discuss an issue, he does not really expect for those issues to become common knowledge



  338. 360 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

    It took 555 games for the Marlins to tire of Fredi. He has managed 523 in Atlanta.

    Tic tic tic tic tic…


  339. 361 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 11:49 am



  340. 362 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Per DOB: Fredi Gonzalez isn’t committing long-term to batting the pitcher eighth and is the first to concede the strategy hasn’t had much in the way of direct impact on games since he began using it a week ago.

    β€œIt’s kind of helped us a couple of times,” Gonzalez said. β€œLike I said a couple of years ago, it doesn’t really make my toes tingle. But sometimes, you know, do something a little different. It’s better than to keep doing the same thing over and over again.”

    Over and over again? Like continue to leadoff with Heyward, who is batting .206 with 34 K’s? I think he’s a little selective in his doing “something a little different”, don’t you?


  341. 363 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Change just for the sake of change, with no specific purpose, is merely grasping at straws. It’s a sign that you are clueless and desperate. It’s the hope that something will just happen without you actually doing anything active to enable it. Passive leadership. Just what a young team needs.

    Yay. πŸ™„


  342. 364 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Raisins, you may have hit the nail on the head when you say “young team”… Veterans don’t really need a manager but the young guys do until they learn to play the game the right way. A lot of the Braves who make up the team don’t know any other way than what they are seeing right now.

    The only real vets are Laird and Uggla, who is about to be exiled…

    Misery breeds discontent.

    Yes, it is awful when a kid who has such enthusiasm for the game as Fernandez goes down.

    Lead off hitter, try the Pastor, try Schafer, let Heyward hit down in the order and yes, stop using CJ in the four hold, it messes with his head because he thinks he has to be a power hitter. He is very happy in the 6 and 7 hole if you ask me.


  343. 365 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Did y’all know that BJ Upton came up in the Rays system as a SS? Yep… that’s right. His first taste of The Show in 2004 was at SS. He even played some 3B that season. In 2007, he played 48 games at 2B. Yes, you heard me right. He played 2B and had a fielding percentage of .985… as compared to Danny’s career FP of .979.

    Now isn’t that interesting? Wonder what this lineup would produce?

    1- Schafer, CF (LH)
    2- BJ, 2B (RH)
    3- Freddie, 1B (LH)
    4- JUp, LF (RH)
    5- JHey, RF (LH)
    6- Gattis, C (RH)
    7- CJohn, 3B (RH)
    8- Simba, SS (RH)
    9- Pitcher… DUH!


  344. 366 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    And in the corresponding move (after Danny is given his walking papers), you call up Terdo, who plays all over the field, bats SH, and is currently batting .314 (split exactly evenly between LHP and RHP) w/ 2 HR’s and 11 2B’s in Gwinnett. His SLG is a very respectable .450. That’s the kind of guy you want coming off your bench.


  345. 367 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Appears the Jays also want young pitching to go along with taking Uggla and his $24 million off the Braves hands. I think I suggested that somewhere before that it would take that sort of pot sweetener to move Danny. I’m too lazy to look for my exact quote however. Just take my word for it… Now, I wonder who they would like for $24 million? Hale, Woods? Ian Thomas would be a real bargain….

    BJ at second base? Why not? Would be some out of the box thinking the current manager appears to love…

    Ever notice how many ex Brave farmhands are showing up on other teams?

    Tell you what, the Braves aught to dig up an extra million and hire Chipper Jones as the hitting instructor. Walker is not getting thru….


  346. 368 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I wonder who Fredi will blame when Uggla is gone and the team is still averaging 1.2 runs per game in offense? Schafer?


  347. 369 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    One thing for sure, it is pretty tough for a player to get hot at the plate when his only chance is against other teams Aces.


  348. 370 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Yes, yes and yes.


  349. 371 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Before I’d give up pitching just to get rid of Uggla, I’d simply release him. That is, unless they were sending something of value back in return.


  350. 372 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Heyman: Marlins superstar right-hander Jose Fernandez was diagnosed with a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his pitching arm and Tommy John surgery was recommended in the initial diagnosis by noted physician Neal ElAttrache, sources connected to the team say.

    I hate that… he is such a talented pitcher.


  351. 373 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I missed that article on Schafer wanting more playing time….can you blame the guy??? Just read that story dated May 7th. Did Fredi say something else I missed on Schafer? Seems he’s going out of his way to prove that he isn’t going to play him….unless someone gets hurt. There is NO reason to be playing JHey, every single game…He’s 2 for his last 20…Sure, great right fielder, but Schafer isn’t exactly a slouch….doesn’t have JHey’s arm…but I’d be willing to play Schafer for a game or two a week and see if he can get his bat going…but, we know that won’t happen…


  352. 374 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    V, yep…what possible reason could there be, besides saving….saving a Million or three…..for trading Uggla instead of releasing him? Sure, give up a valuable arm and watch Uggla turn it around in Toronto….what more can you ask for? :/


  353. 375 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    And I keep forgetting, but yeah, terrible about Fernandez…They did everything, just like they did with with Strasburg in DC….still didn’t work…makes you wonder….


  354. 376 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I just read an article by a SABRE-head. I hope my eyes don’t freeze this way… O_o


  355. 377 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    One has to wonder, are the Braves the worse 21-16 team out there? It is just so frustrating to watch the Braves fail to get guys in from second base with no outs… Too many guys wanting to hit three run homers and opposing pitchers throwing sliders away. Even worse, the Braves are missing mistake pitches and opposing batters are not.


  356. 378 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    As for Uggla, folks complain when he hits singles and complain when he tries to hit homers. The guy just does not know what is wanted that is greater than what everyone else is producing which is batting around .200


  357. 379 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    You know, I mentioned Schafer a little earlier, but the fact is he hasn’t been very good this year… and really post-ASB last year. Check this out:

    1st Half 2013: .312 / .399 / .464
    2nd Half 2013: .170 / .248 / .208
    so far 2014: .143 / .182 / .238

    That’s Ugg-ly, folks. So the question is this… are his numbers the result of little playing time, or is his playing time the result of putrid production? Now understand, I’m not trying to defend Fredi in any way, shape or form. But Schafer hasn’t exactly inspired confidence that he can give you anything that you aren’t getting from… say Dan Uggla. And Uggla’s days in the ATL are numbered. I wonder if Schafer’s might be also?


  358. 380 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    For those keeping score, Todd Cunningham at AAA Gwinnett:

    .308 / .346 / .418 w/ , 2 HR’s, 10 2B’s, 19 RBI, 7 SB’s

    Oh, he bats SH and plays all 3 OF spots well.


  359. 381 Vox O'Raison May 13, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Hmmm… where could we dig up a LH leadoff hitting 2B with speed?

    That’s not rhetorical. That’s a real question. Where could we find one?


  360. 382 Carolina Lady May 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I’m not sure FG knows the difference between “out of the box” and “out of your mind”. And I absolutely hate what he’s doing to Dan! One thing for sure: it is no longer a “Bobby Cox-grade clubhouse.” Wonder what Cox is thinking about all of this?? And Chipper? I’d think it is pretty certain that his cellphone is busy.


  361. 383 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Raisins, you realize Schafer has been inserted in the line up only against the toughest pitchers in the league. You cannot really blame a guy when he hasn’t had the same opportunity to hit against the lesser talent.

    Play him everyday for two weeks and then reassess. I’ll bet his numbers improve.


  362. 384 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Tough customer in Vogelsong tonight. I don’t expect different results, Will watch for at least the first few innings.


  363. 385 berigan2electricboogaloo May 14, 2014 at 5:55 am

    From the FG talkin’ about Schafer story….
    Making Schafer’s situation all the more difficult is the fact that his three starts came against hard throwers – the Mets’ Zack Wheeler on April 9, when Schafer was battling flu symptoms, and the Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi on April 23 and Jose Fernandez on April 29. He went 0-for-3 in each of those games….

    then the genius said….
    β€œAnd I told him, you being the fourth outfielder, or a utility infielder or a backup catcher, those are the guys you draw – you draw the Fernandezes, the (Adam) Wainwrights … that’s the guys you draw. As a fourth outfielder, you’re going to get the tough draws.”

    Really? I have heard of so-so teams, back in the day giving players the day off because of a knuckleballer, or Nolan Ryan…but today? You are going to give JHey or BJ a day off cuz a great pitcher is on the mound?
    Putting your players in the best situations to succeed….


  364. 386 berigan2electricboogaloo May 14, 2014 at 5:58 am

    and Douglas Dascenzo made a horrible decision to send JHey home…and somehow it worked out beautifully. Can’t believe Posey didn’t argue….at all…looked from one angle that he did lightly touch JHey, but hey…whatever. A lot of runs scored after that.
    Shouldn’t surprise anyone that the home plate ump screwed that up, he clearly called BJ out twice on pitches way out of the strikezone….
    3:45 Game today…


  365. 387 berigan2electricboogaloo May 14, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Toronto may just be the place for Uggla…Juan Francisco has 6 HR’s in 75 ABs’ there. 11 walks and a .293 BA. Can you believe he is still only 26?

    Amazing that Brandon Hicks has 7 HR’s for the Giants, playing in that yard…
    7 HR’s…the same number JHey, BJey, and CJ have…combined.


  366. 388 Vox O'Raison May 14, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Well, I read yesterday that Fredi intends to give Pastornicky the majority of the playing time for the foreseeable future. He likes Ramiro more in his traditional utility role. (Translation: When a reserve plays every day, his flaws are exposed and his performance suffers. That’s why a reserve is a reserve, otherwise he would win an everyday job.) But the evidence is overwhelming that Uggla is done in Atlanta. Might as well close that conversation. Now the only question regarding 2B is whether Pastor can hold onto the job, else La Stella will get his callup. It is not out of the realm of possibility that Frank is trying to acquire a new 2B. That would explain why Uggla is still occupying a roster spot… because that’s the only thing he’s doing now. He’s keeping the spot warm for someone else to take. If Frank were actually actively seeking a new 2B (like he sought out McLouth about this time a few seasons ago) then it would make no sense to call up a AAA guy for a few days just to send him back.

    It will all probably all shake out in the next week or so…


  367. 389 Vox O'Raison May 14, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Once again, the pitching was outstanding. Where would the Braves be without it?

    But maybe the best performance was out of Ervin Santana who took a group of Braves to a cancer center in San Francisco yesterday. When asked why Braves players are visiting a San Francisco hospital, Ervin answered, “We are Major League baseball players.”

    The guy is 100% class, and a great influence on our young pitchers, especially Julio Teheran. Perhaps that will be his greatest contribution this season.


  368. 390 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2014 at 9:12 am

    “But maybe the best performance was out of Ervin Santana who took a group of Braves to a cancer center in San Francisco yesterday”

    Great observation Raisins…

    How long did it take for Evan to leg out his triple? As he hit it, I fell asleep, when I woke up, he had just made it to the bad… or maybe it was a replay but it took awhile. Of course, the record might still belong to Brian McCann…


  369. 391 Vox O'Raison May 14, 2014 at 9:13 am

    And once again, Gattis was in the middle of the offensive production last night. Betcha he’s out of the lineup today…


  370. 392 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

    It appeared their was a lot of disagreement between Evan and Mike Minor last night over pitch selection. Mike is right, however, he is the guy ultimately responsible for his pitches.

    And what of the Mets? Those guys are loving Yankees pitching right now.


  371. 393 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Fredi had already said Evan would be playing today….


  372. 394 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

    On Schafer, you’d have to be be a pretty great fourth outfielder to have a good batting average in those situations. Bobby was a genius at making sure guys could stay sharp, giving everyone playing time, not just when the regulars wanted to duck out.

    Last night was the second time Dascenso has sent a guy who was out by 10 feet. I thought he was supposed to be smarter than Snitker. J-Hey was lucky Posey was confused as to where to set up. It gave J-Hey a place to slide and he did avoid the tag because Posey knew he had missed him when he tried to tag him again.


  373. 395 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

    One last thing, Fredid should learn to confine his comments to team strategy and atta boys and stop revealing personal conversations. I’m sure Jordan’s confidence got a real boost by being reminded he was a “fourth” outfielder.


  374. 396 Vox O'Raison May 14, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Bobby was universally panned as being a “golly gee” and “rah rah” kind of guy. It angered many and was a huge source of the anti-Bobby sentiment that dogged him. But the fact is that he was a master as to what to give to the press and what to keep in the clubhouse. And he didn’t care one iota what was said or printed about him. Nobody did it better, and it made him a HOF manager. Fredi is an oaf when it comes to the media. Bobby’s players would have taken a bullet for him. Fredi’s have no such allegiance.


  375. 397 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

    “Bobby’s players would have taken a bullet for him. Fredi’s have no such allegiance.”

    More likely they would pull him in front of themselves as a human shield…


  376. 398 Vox O'Raison May 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Here’s how bad it is for Fredi… he cannot even make a decision. First, he himself said he doesn’t really believe in the pitcher batting 8th, and that it won’t be long term (then why do it at all?!?), then he announces that the rotation will go to 6 starters, only to backtrack and say he changed his mind. What is up with him? Early onset dementia?

    And somewhere in with the pitching news today he was quoted as saying that Pastornicky is the new starting 2B. Well, that’s OK, in a sense. At least everyone knows what’s what. My question is this: Why then is Dan still on the roster? He isn’t a bench guy.

    I am so disappointed at the continued ham-handed handling of the media, rotation, lineup and roster. I’m not sure I have ever seen such a complete bungled mess…


  377. 399 Vox O'Raison May 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    And one more thing regarding Pastornicky…

    Is there anyone out there that believes Tyler Pastornicky is in the Braves future plans at 2B? Anyone?

    Me either. Tommy La Stella is the guy they’ve been talking about since last year. He’s the next in line.

    So why not now? Nothing against the Rev personally, but if La Stella is the guy, and he’s not flopping at your highest affiliate, then why wait?


  378. 400 Vox O'Raison May 14, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Bowman: The Braves will utilize a six-man rotation at least through next week. Manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn’t like the idea, but the team feels it has little choice with six starting options that are throwing so well. The manager did concede that the six-man grouping might help later in the year by limiting the workload on Alex Wood and Gavin Floyd.

    So Fredi doesn’t like it, but will do it because he doesn’t have a choice? Wait… he’s the flippin’ manager!! He’s has all the choices!! AAARRGGHH!!

    You want to limit the innings of Wood (I don’t like that idea) and Floyd (semi-understandable), then simply piggyback their starts and keep everyone else in their routine. The single most effective way to harm a pitcher and his performance is to force him into inconsistent routines and rest. Fredi is an idiot!!


  379. 401 Carolina Lady May 14, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Agreed, Raisins. I bet Cox is pitchin’ a fit behind the scenes. Any bets as to FG’s longevity as manager there? He is hurting the entire club.


  380. 402 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Thought yesterday’s game was in the bag after the first half inning, then Julio looked as if he had never pitched in a big league park before. That was painful to watch. Yet, the Braves still had a chance. Still, the pitching was awful… WHAAAA?

    Glad to be done with SF this season….

    Freddie will be the guy as long as the Braves are in first place… just the way it is. He does seem a bit over his head however… (Understatement)

    Latest change is Braves will go with a 5 man rotation with Wood out of the pen. Nobody look like CY Young yesterday coming out of the pen… Best the boys suck it up and just show up because the blow up is on the way….. Just thinking….

    Driving a train seems pretty easy until you actually have the tiller in your hand.


  381. 403 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2014 at 9:43 am

    By the way, the Pastor looked pretty good leading off, move everyone down a notch.

    And BJ is going to have to learn to take that outside pitch the other way because the book is out on him and umpire are not giving him the calls. Those pitches are too close to take.

    Same thing happened with Kelly Johnson when he played for the Braves. He had a great eye but that did not mean the umpire did too.


  382. 404 Vox O'Raison May 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    So, we head into St. Louis like a whipped puppy with our tail tucked between our legs hoping we might figure out a way to break out of the offensive malaise that has gripped the entire team. At least we aren’t facing Wainright or Wokka, although it’ll probably look like it. Not being a guy who believes in mass coincidence, seems to me when a whole team is affected in a similar way, there ought to be a singular source to point toward as a cause.

    Not naming any names.

    I do find it interesting, though, that a popular guy who was a leader in the clubhouse, even when not producing on the field, was castigated to the bench in a very clumsy manor, and the team as a whole suddenly looks as if it has a murky sense of purpose. Little energy, little enthusiasm. Seems as if the “team” doesn’t feel like a team. I think someone has lost the respect of their team.

    Not naming any names.


  383. 405 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2014 at 7:38 am

    V, how can you be negative about the braves?
    Did it not look like there was a Championship caliber team on the field in St. Louis last night? Hit after hit….not trying to hit homers, just make contact, just taking what the pitcher is dishing out, dropping balls right out of the reach of the SS and 2nd baseman? Didn’t you just get a sense that once they got the lead, there was no way in the world the other team would come back? 😦


  384. 406 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Never noticed this stat before on espn…runs scored by teams…probably been there all along, but never paid attention…anywho…the braves have scored… 128 runs this year. Out of 30 teams, one team…one….has scored fewer. The Padres with 125. Oakland, it that tiny little bandbox called the Coliseum (I think they play in 2 different zip codes)….216 runs…


  385. 408 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Ah Ber, the sarcasm alarm is clanging like crazy….. πŸ™‚


  386. 409 Vox O'Raison May 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Ouch. Not quite “The Natural”. More like “The Satirical”.


  387. 410 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Man, use guys watching the game today? Cards have 4 bunt hits…running the bases like crazy…making the braves screw up, constantly. Feels like I am watching a braves playoff game, and they are cracking under the pressure.
    1 team is playing chess, the other checkers…
    Cards are finally turning things around, imagine they are going to win 10 of the next 12.


  388. 412 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Yes Ber, it was pretty ugly and don’t think other clubs won’t do exactly the same thing.

    Noticed how Molina stole a double play? How about the Pastor giving up a run by cutting off J-Hey?

    I don’t think the can blame Dan Uglla anymore either….

    Inexperience showing through.


  389. 413 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I keep wanting to put up a new lead but I keep waiting for something positive to happen… May be a long wait


  390. 415 Vox O'Raison May 19, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I keep wanting to put up a new lead but I keep waiting for something positive to happen… May be a long wait

    There is a negative vibe following the team right now for sure. It will be up to the players to break that malaise. Maybe they got a foot down that path yesterday. Good grinding win. We’ll take the breaks.


  391. 416 Vox O'Raison May 19, 2014 at 8:01 am

    MLBTR: The Braves have acquired infielder Osvaldo Martinez in a trade with the Dodgers and assigned him to the Gwinnett Braves, who announced the move. Martinez, 26, played in parts of the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Marlins, hitting a combined .258/.300/.348 in 71 plate appearances. This season, he had been hitting .176/.242/.269 with Double-A Chattanooga, where he played mostly shortstop and third base.

    Could this be a precursor to a La Stella callup? THe Braves have Phil Gosselin at 3B right now at Gwinnett. Gosselin was Gwinnett’s 2B last season. Hmmm…


  392. 417 Vox O'Raison May 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Food for thought:

    ATL 2B went a combined 3 for 19 over the last 6 games in SF and STL.


  393. 418 Vox O'Raison May 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    If we could take care of the 2B black hole in some semi-positive manor, then we can stash BJ at the bottom of the lineup. It might even be justifiable reasoning to bat the pitcher 8th. πŸ˜›


  394. 419 berigan2electricboogaloo May 19, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Don’t forget the other black hole, offensively….RF. JHey. 3 extra base hits in 53 AB’s in May…7 EBH’s for the year. .215 BA after 1/4th of a season.319 OBP, slugging .316. He’s 24.
    Remember when Frenchy was 24? in the middle of what we all agreed was a terrible season, he was sent down, for a whole 3 games…(just looked it up) For that year, 2009…Frenchy hit 11 HR’s 71 RBI’s, and a .239 BA. .294 OBP. Slugging .359.
    So….what is the difference? Why don’t we hear calls of JHey needing to be sent down? Both were/are very good fielders…both at 24 had been in the majors for several years.
    Only difference I can see is JHey is rarely coming up with runners on(get this , JHey is hitting .193 with no one on base, in 44 AB’s with runners on, .273! Keep him leading off Sparky!) and therefore isn’t constantly breaking fans hearts…but, to be honest, he has been terrible at the plate this year.
    He his .254 last year, after a slow start….227 pre all star break, .305 after(n 131 AB’s)
    JHey was so built up,(I remember all the baseball tonight folks being so excited about him, how they would always remember his first homer, how hard he hit the ball, etc) hard to live up the the hype. and hey, he’s still only 24(which was the argument used by Frenchy supporters) but…other than looking better grounding out to the 2nd baseman, and walking more than Frenchy….how is he not catching any heat for not producing????


  395. 420 Gil in Mechanicsville May 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    “how is he not catching any heat for not producing????”

    Because he is Hank Aaron’s pet pig….

    On yesterday’s game. Lot’s of missed calls and missed plays on both sides. To be honest, I gave the Braves’ no chance to come back, nice surprise to see them come through, even if it was kind of ugly. Then again, the way it has been going, they needed it.

    I really like Gavin Floyd’s answer for Freddie getting plunked. He hit the right guy…


  396. 421 Vox O'Raison May 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    For some reason, JHey still has luster and shine. I’ll be honest with you… I’d explore trade scenario’s now while he has high value. He is still considered an elite player and has an affordable and short term deal. That makes him very attractive on the trade market. I say trade him now before the other GM’s figure out that he is exactly what the back of his baseball card says he is, a .250 hitter with moderate (20 HR) power, and while you can still can get more than Ryan Church for him.


  397. 423 Vox O'Raison May 19, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Wow CL.. doesn’t seem like it’s been that long ago…


  398. 424 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2014 at 7:44 am

    It was really great to see the Braves break out of their funk last night. After Braun made it close in the top of the eight, I kept thinking the Braves were really going to rue all the chances the missed out on earlier. Then BOOM! Like pre game batting practice, with balls flying out the other way… What, did it suddenly hit the Braves collectively that the answer had been in front of them all along? Take the ball the other way…. Hit it where it’s pitched, stop swinging for the fences and the homers will come…

    Then switched over to watch the conclusion of the Reds/gNats game… Saw some of the most impressive defense I have ever witnessed with the flashing leather of Brandon Phillips and Billy Hamilton… So many chances, so many get out of jail free cards for the pitchers… Until Frazier hit a two run homer in the 15th and the gNats still had a chance in the bottom of the 15th to tie it… I fell asleep then.


  399. 425 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2014 at 7:46 am

    By the way, Mike Minor looked really good last night until the 5th inning, then it became a grind….


  400. 426 Vox O'Raison May 20, 2014 at 8:06 am

    That’s more like it…


  401. 427 Vox O'Raison May 20, 2014 at 8:07 am

    And the pitcher bated 9th. πŸ˜‰


  402. 428 Vox O'Raison May 20, 2014 at 8:07 am

    … and he batted 9th, too. 😳


  403. 429 Vox O'Raison May 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    2nite’s lineup:

    1. JHey, RF
    2. JUp, LF
    3. Free, 1B
    4. Gatt ,C
    5. CJ, 3B
    6. BJ, CF
    7. Simba, SS
    8. Pena, 2B
    9. Teheran, RHP


  404. 430 Carolina Lady May 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Good article on the game last night. It seemed to me, as I read all the player comments, that they are managing themselves. They decided what they needed to do and did it. ‘Bye, Fredi. There was little mention of him at all. Telling.



  405. 431 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Good win for the Braves last night, I guess they all read the comments of many bloggers, analyst, talking heads etc and realized that until they were willing to go the other way and stop trying to hit 500 foot 5 run homers, they would continue to wallow in mediocrity. Perhaps they learn something by watching the Cardinals continue to pile on runs while they, (the Braves) ran up the opposing pitchers strikeout totals.


  406. 432 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    And glad to see the pitcher hitting 9th…


  407. 433 berigan2electricboogaloo May 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    testing a post from my phone same way


  408. 434 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Cool Ber


  409. 435 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Julio sure looks better tonight….


  410. 436 Vox O'Raison May 20, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    He looks fantastic…


  411. 437 Vox O'Raison May 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    CG shutout. 128 pitches. 8 K’s. Outstanding.


  412. 438 Carolina Lady May 21, 2014 at 2:06 am

    That is fantastic! I saw some video clips of bits and pieces. I’m really happy for him! Maybe FG’s poor handling has lit a fire under them to do things for themselves. Maybe. Sorta? πŸ˜€


  413. 439 berigan2electricboogaloo May 21, 2014 at 8:41 am

    CL or Gil, is there a mobile app, or something that can make wordpress larger on a phone? Everything was so tiny! Stretched it out, but kept going back to the top of the page and had to scroll down and down…not the biggest deal in the world to be able to post whilst out…don’t spend too much time workin on it if you don’t know!
    I did voice text, and couldn’t really see what I had posted til it was…posted,,,,


  414. 440 berigan2electricboogaloo May 21, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I wonder if the brushback by Gavin Floyd woke the team up a bit? That, and perhaps the hitting coaches realized they could very well lose their jobs if they didn’t get more proactive…if they could all remember to go the other way like they have of late, this offense will be a lot better! Amazing how much power J Up generates….
    and though I saw just the last few innings of the game, that looked to be the best I have seen Julio look….seen Julio look….that simply cannot be good grammar! πŸ˜‰


  415. 441 Vox O'Raison May 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

    And just like that they look like a MLB team again. So many hits going the other way… it’s as if a switch was tripped and everyone was back “on” again. And one more item that I believe to be significant. The lineup that I posted earlier was altered prior to gametime. The lineup became:

    1. JHey, RF
    2. Pena, 2B
    3. Free, 1B
    4. JUp, LF
    5. CJ, 3B
    6. BJ, CF
    7. Simba, SS
    8. Laird ,C
    9. Teheran, RHP

    It changed because Gatt was a late scratch with “viral symptoms”, formerly known as “flu-like symptoms”. But the result moved JUp to cleanup, where I have been screaming that he belongs. He had a HR and 3 RBI out of the cleanup spot. Hello FG!!! Are you paying attention?!?

    Now I admit that this power heavy lineup is a challenge given that there isn’t a real leadoff or #2 batter among the bunch. But batting JUp cleanup should be a no-brainer. Freeman #3 and JUp #4 should be etched in stone all season.

    If we can get Gatt and Pastornicky back tonight, I hope to see this lineup:

    1. JHey, RF
    2. Simba, SS
    3. Free, 1B
    4. JUp, LF
    5. Gattis ,C
    6. CJ, 3B
    7. BJ, CF
    8. Pastor, 2B
    9. Santana, RHP

    Now… before you get on me about JHey leading off, I acknowledge that he is NOT a leadoff hitter, but no one else is either. And at least he has great speed. Plus it allows me to alternate L,R,L,R for the top half of the lineup.

    Now… if I was Frank, I’d be doing everything possible to locate a LH leadoff hitting 2B. And phone call #1 would be to the Cubs, who will no doubt be having their annual fire sale in July, and who have the perfect candidate currently playing CF. Remember the name Emilio Bonafacio? I have been screaming it for a couple of years. He plays 2B, 3B, and all 3 OF spots. He’s currently leading off for the Cubs and is batting .295 with a .339 OBP and 11 SB’s. And he’s a SH.

    He’s a 3rd year arb guy who turns FA in 2015, so it’s a good time for CHI to start shopping him. He’d likely cost us a mid-level prospect pitcher and Jordan Schafer. Maybe a reliever. He was DFA’d by the Royals early in the spring and picked up by CHI.

    CHI is 16-27 and 9.5 games back already. They will definitely be sellers on the trade market.

    Remember when Frank became disenchanted with Schafer (just a coincidence) and dealt for Nate McLouth in 2009? He pulled that trigger on June 3…


  416. 442 berigan2electricboogaloo May 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

    V, I like the idea of Emilio Bonafacio! One Dick Caveat (if this was 1975, ya’ll ed be laughing! πŸ™„ ) he got off to a very hot start, then cooled off in May, hitting .236…which is still better than the production we have gotten from 2nd. And from our leadoff hitter. What I saw that was interesting too was that he has hit .400 from the right side of the plate so far this year… not a ton of AB’s but still, you can either play him against righties and/or if he doesn’t tear the cover off the ball, play him just against lefties, and have him pinch run fairly often(The role that Schafer has, and wouldn’t continue in if traded to Cubbies)
    Have a true speedster lead off, have JHey bat behind him, get a lot more fastballs…nah, makes too much sense πŸ˜‰


  417. 443 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    What I really think happened to the team was they saw how effective the Cardinals were at manufacturing runs… Who says you can’t learn from watching?

    Good hitters realize that trying to hit home runs is almost always a fail. Home runs come when you are hitting the ball well and they just fly out. Justin’s homer last night was a great example of that. He was flying down the first-base line after hitting that ball thinking it would drop in for a double…

    Bonafacio is just the type of guy the Braves need at the top of the order.

    An observation… BJ Upton has looked much better at the plate the past two nights. Perhaps he has realized he is not going to get that call on the outer edge of the plate but he sure can reach it if he goes oppo with it.

    Schafer has become the forgotten man…. He cannot get hot unless he gets playing time and he will not get playing time as long as the current outfielders are breathing on their own.


  418. 444 Vox O'Raison May 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Schafer has become the forgotten man

    Hmmm… could be because he has become a younger LH version of Dan Uggla. Actually, he’s worse. Schafer became a fan fave last year when BJ’s early struggles were magnified and Schafer’s early success was equally magnified. But since that early success, yuck. 2nd Half 2013: .170 / .248 / .208. Through 27 games thus far in 2014: .115 / .207 / .192, which is just 3 hits and 3 BB’s w/ 7 K’s in 31 PA’s.That’s putrid. I get it that he’s faced “tough” pitchers. Well, the league is full of tough pitchers. You either hit them or you don’t. His best asset in ATL is his defense and baserunning.

    Schafer’s on a 1 year deal, so he would be an obvious throw-in to CHI for their current CF Bonafacio. He’d be a partial season place holder, much like he was in HOU.


  419. 445 Vox O'Raison May 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    At this point, I’d just about rather see Todd Cunningham in Schafer’s role and see what he has to offer at the big league level. Cunningham plays all 3 OF positions, steals bases (7 thus far), and hits effectively from the leadoff spot – .302 AVG /.346 OBP / .401 SLG. And he has 25 RBI on the young season.


  420. 446 Vox O'Raison May 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    2nite’s lineup:

    1. JHey, RF
    2. Pena, 2B
    3. Free, 1B
    4. JUp, LF
    5. CJ, 3B
    6. BJ, CF
    7. Simba, SS
    8. Laird ,C
    9. Santana, RHP

    1-8 same as last night. Might as well ride that horse ’til it collapses, right?


  421. 447 berigan2electricboogaloo May 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    V, there would be no reason to bring up Todd Cunningham , as he would be in the same position as Schafer, riding the bench all the time…
    26 AB’s (you show 31 PA’s , I see 3 walks, HBP’s? doesn’t really matter) over 2 months. I would argue no one could stay sharp, with this little use.
    Lets break it down to the point one of those stat heads that hurts our brains would say….Dude! On Tuesdays when it’s been a cloudy day game…I keed, I keed! πŸ˜› But seriously, he was hitting .183 at the end of April, after very little use.(16 AB’s) The braves brainiac manager, after Schafer came to him asking for more playing time…seemed to punish him, and play him even less…if that was at all possible. So, he has…. 9 AB’s in May. Twice he was allowed 2 AB’s in a game, to, you know… stay sharp. One game he came in only cuz J Up hurt his back. The next day, Domint was in Left, cuz…he never plays cuz FF has played every single game, and frankly he’s not a very good catcher.
    After 44 games, J Hey has missed 2 games , and after a hot week (8 for 20, all singles) is up to .235. With this week, he won’t miss a game for a month.
    BJ has missed 3 games(Must have put JHey in CF, and Domint or J Up in RF?) and while I agree with Gil, he sure seems to be looking better at the plate, past the 1/4 mark, he is hitting .201, with a .281 OBP, “slugging” .322. Oh Hey, didn’t know this….guess who over the last week has 2 hits in 17 AB’s, for a sizzling .118??? No doubles, no Triples, no Homers, and no RBI’s over that stretch. Superstar BJ Upton!!!!!


  422. 448 berigan2electricboogaloo May 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Had to leave that post a bit early…anyways…JHey has missed only 2 games as well, but at least he is a productive hitter…and I know it’s early…and lots of off days, but Gattis HAD to rest….and Laird and his sub .200 Bat needed to be in there(granted, I do think he’s a better overall catcher, but when half the team isn’t hitting…do you want his bat in there?)


  423. 449 berigan2electricboogaloo May 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    J Up, is the productive hitter I meant to say…oy….need more sleep…. 😦


  424. 450 Vox O'Raison May 21, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Jeff Keppinger. That is all.


  425. 451 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Uh oh… That was ugly… again…. Tired arm already? Sure appears so.


  426. 452 berigan2electricboogaloo May 22, 2014 at 9:03 am

    V, did we sign Jeff Keppinger? πŸ˜‰ Forgot how good he was in 2012, .325 BA. Heck, .275 would seem incredible from 2nd base at this point….


  427. 453 berigan2electricboogaloo May 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

    You know…some times I look back at older posts, and I seem so whiny….
    I’m sure Cubs or Astros fans would gladly change places, take our problems for theirs…
    But, a team that is 29th Overall in Runs(out of 30 teams)
    26th Overall in B.A.
    and 29th Overall in OBP…. looks a lot like a last place team…
    of course, pitching wise….
    ERA 2.83, 1st Overall
    QUALITY STARTS 33, 2nd Overall
    WHIP 1.18 2nd Overall
    BAA (Batting average against) .239 5th Overall … looks like a 1st place team.
    I think it’s safe to say, the pitching can’t be this good, all season long…and surely the hitting can’t be this bad, all season long. Surely.
    But, I can see some team, Nats, Mutts or Marlins, making a serious run…at some point. But all are weak right now….


  428. 454 berigan2electricboogaloo May 22, 2014 at 9:32 am

    meaning….this would be a great time to reel off a 10 out of 12 streak, and put a stake through those team’s hearts, and have them just striving for the Wild Card….


  429. 455 Vox O'Raison May 22, 2014 at 10:19 am

    V, did we sign Jeff Keppinger?

    Not that I am aware of… yet. But he is available. He was DFA’d by the CHISOX after making it back from shoulder surgery. They have asked release waivers on him. He might be a good reclamation project for Los Barves. He can’t be any worse than we’ve already had at 2B, anyway.


  430. 456 Vox O'Raison May 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    SI.com: Jeff Keppinger was on a rehab assignment with the White Sox Double-A affiliate in Birmingham. In Birmingham, he hit .256 in eleven games, before he was notified of the move that he was designated for assignment. Keppinger is a career .282 hitter, as it seems that once he is officially released, that he will draw interest from many teams.


  431. 457 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    The Pastor could lose his spot pretty quick, Uggla already has… Still waiting for that shoe to drop but he gets the money either way. I’m thinking the Braves wish he c=would get hurt so they could not play him and collect the insurance but that is not going to happen unless he falls down the steps to the club house.

    Pretty pricey guy to have on the bench.


  432. 459 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I keep thinking there is a song about Uggla in there just begging to be written…


  433. 460 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Shall be called the Ballad of Dan Uggla… How he rode the bench in old Atlanta and his fate is still unlearned, poor ol’ Danny… He hit .150 for three straight years but his lesson is still unlearned… Swinging for the fences and continuing his misses, he’s a man who’ll never return….


  434. 461 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Well, that was an interesting game. Long but interesting… Made more so by the fact the good guys won. And even Danny Boy contributed… looked good after being on vacation for so long. Would like to see him in the line-up tonight too but we;ll see.

    Dan’s strike out was one of those against a guy with a 15 inch slider. No chance… And BJ bounced one off the top of the right field fence… Keep taking the ball the other way guys. They are pitching you out there…


  435. 462 Gil in Mechanicsville May 24, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Funny, one guy shows a little anger at striking out and it becomes the lead story on all the baseball shows. Folks, I realize as an adult, the guy has to show a little decorum but frankly, I’d rather have a kid with some fire than someone who could give a rat’s azz!

    BJ appears to be breaking out of his funk and despite his strikeouts, Dan looks to be making progress, if only he would cut down on his swing after two strikes…

    I thought Freddie should have called for Simba to bunt in the eighth with a man on 2nd and no outs. Luckily, Laird is having a career week.

    Braves’ bullpen continues to shine and Floyd did not look bad either. He did what a good starter is suppose to do, keep your team in the game until the offense shows up.

    Looked as if the Brewers took some of their frustrations out on the Marlins. That was a bunch of 440 foot home runs hit there tonight. Anyone wonder why players continue to swing for the deep ? Because they don’t show singles on Baseball tonight… Like they say however, “drive for show, putt for dough”…

    Oh by the way, I wonder if Fredi’s eyes are bothering him again?


  436. 463 Gil in Mechanicsville May 24, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Hey Margie, check your e-mail…


  437. 464 Carolina Lady May 24, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Got it, Gil! Love your poem above! πŸ˜†


  438. 465 Carolina Lady May 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    NEW LEAD IS UP!! (Thanks, Gil!)


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