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Is Resop a Poser? Si!
That song’s just impressive.
YES! I get to listen to the first 1/3 of the Braves game on XM on the way to work!
This is what my life has come to. I was in the break room at work Saturday, and made 5 Best Buy employees watch the Braves-Backs game. I told them this was the first game I had seen since a couple pitches Wednesday, and I had to watch it. Of course, that was the inning the Big Unit tripped on a sac bunt, and totally tarnished the view of baseball being an athletic sport in the eyes of those Best Buy folks.
I’ll set the over/under on Webb’s strikeouts of Braves today at 10. I’ll take the over. I’m going with 12 in 7 IP with 4 hits, all singles. What say ye?
Is there an equivalent to a “Prado”, but for baserunning?
Care to set the over/under on how many groundballs Webb gets?
I think that would be called a “Lonnie.”
I don’t think that’s fair to Lonnie, who mostly made his mistakes in the field.
It depends if Chipper is in the lineup or not. Without Chipper, we are in trouble. Although I can see Jurjens shutting them down today, knock on wood
I don’t know, Mac. That base-running error he made in the ’91 World Series was a whopper, which overshadowed the three home runs he hit.
Most were in the field, but his most famous blunder was on the basepaths. It obscured his real legacy as a brutal fielder.
I kid Lonnie because I love. He was the only reason to watch us bat in ’89.
My best Lonnie memory was I think during his second stint with the Braves later in the 90’s. He was riding around Dodger town on a golf cart in uniform. His ass hung a good 2 feet over the side of the seat. I remember yelling at him ” I see your in game shape already ” He flashed me a peace sign with a Dodger dog in the other hand….
Chipper’s in the lineup but so is Norton, hitting 7th and playing LF. Blanco is hitting 8th in CF.
Kotsay’s slumping, but that’s odd. Did he catch the back spasm bug?
Full lineup (from Yahoo):
Escobar SS Johnson 2B Chipper 3B Tex 1B McCann C Francoeur RF Norton LF Blanco CF Jurrjens P
Arizona: Young CF Drew SS Hudson 2B Tracy 1B Snyder C Byrnes LF Reynolds 3B Salazar RF Webb P
In other words, “Our outfield sucks.”
I’ll take their lineup.
Resop DFAd!!!! Not for Soriano, but for Carlyle.
So Upton and Jackson are benched for the DBacks – that puts the lineups about even id say
I don’t know what happened to activating Soriano.
It is a good day. Maybe the team will rally behind Resop not being there to blow the game.
On TV, they said he and Smoltz were flying with the team, so I would guess they’ll be activated in Milwaukee at some point.
I’m so sad?
That should be:
“I’m so sad!”
I’m so glad?
Thanks, Mac. I was hoping to hear that song.
Who is the NL ROY so far? Jurgens?
Nah, it’s probably Jurrjens.
As DOB pointed out to me, he already said that Soriano had elbow soreness, which is why he wasn’t activated. I think he probably has some sort of structural damage — which doesn’t always show up on the MRI.
DOB also noted that it was a sore back keeping Kotsay out of the line-up. According to Kotsay, not the same part of the bach which was operated on.
Seriously, when did back spasms become contagious? What is going on in that clubhouse?
Good hustle by Escobar
Frank Fultz should be fired.
BUNT, KELLY, BUNT!
hey, a bunt
Did I call that, or what?
DId anyone else hear that stat?
Why? WTF. Do we think Jurrjens is going to shut them out? IT’S THE FIRST INNING!!!
It’s not good when your strength coach looks like the corpse of a 65-year-old man.
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THe Braves haven’t driven in a runner in scoring position on Webb since 2003
So I guess I understand the bunt
Good thing we gave away an out in the form of a guy who has an OPS over .900 against righties.
All that did was set up a double play
I’m online… Escobar didn’t even get to third?
ZOMG we scored!!
It was a little flair that a normal left fielder would have caught
That double was nice, but I really think Tex should have bunted there.
On that note, I’m off to several consecutive Memorial Day BBQs. Keep the lead, fellas.
Esco held up, didn’t go halfway.
Way to go, Tex!
Mac, the bloop hit from Chipper barely made it out of the infield on the left side, Yunel had to make sure it wasn’t caught.
Obviously it doesn’t matter now.
I have decided that Frenchy’s old laddy needs to cut him off if he has bad AB’s. That might get through to him
NCAA baseball tournament field announced. Here’s the important part:
The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with nine, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 with six. Conference USA and the Pacific-10 have five teams each, while the Big West has four.
Norton is not a left fielder
I guess since the Vols didn’t make it, I will pull for Vandy in the CWS
Well, he’s in left field and he has a fielder’s glove, so he’s a left fielder. I think you mean that he’s not a good left fielder.
No, he is a hole.
What does Norton’s presence in the lineup say for Diaz’s roster expectancy?
I’m fine with the bunt there
And that, in short, is why the bunt may in some circumstances be a good play.
I don’t think Norton over Diaz here is a huge deal. Diaz is slumping badly and Norton hasn’t played in a while. Cox is just mixing things up a bit. Also, throwing a slumping Diaz out against Brandon Webb typically isn’t the way to get him started. :-)
‘Course, the way things have been going today, maybe it would’ve. Heh.
The pitcher bunting is almost always excusable. The pitcher bunting when the other team has a bonehead third baseman is almost always a terrific idea.
Ye gods, two strikeouts with men on 2nd and 3rd. At least we can be grateful for scoring on Webb at all.
I’ll be kinda pissed if we don’t get another run or two.
Let’s go, Chipper!
It’s Tex Day.
Way to go, Tex. I thought Webb was gonna get off the hook.
55 pitches in two innings for Webb. Those runs are all scored unearned, which is nice for him come Cy Young time, but they still count.
Mac, Aren’t three of the runs earned?
So what exactly is the rule for unearned runs – any run scored in the same game in which an error was made?
ESPN is counting 3 runs as earned
I don’t understand the unearned run rule myself, but that’s what the live boxscore has. The first run is unearned because it scored on an error, the other two runs because without the error the inning would be over. This is incorrect, because it was bunt-fielder’s choice-error, and the bunt was ruled a sacrifice. Watching the itty-bitty online replay, it looked to me that Norton would have been safe at third anyway. So that was a relatively rare Prado-error combination. Anyway, without the error the inning would not have been over.
MLB.com has two earned. In my opinion, they all should have been scored earned. Without the error, and assuming everyone does what they did, it works like this:
Jurrjens sac bunt. Fielder’s choice, safe at third. Bases loaded. Escobar K Johnson K Chipper BB, run scores, bases loaded. Teixeira single, two runs score.
Same thing as before but Chipper gets an RBI.
Wow; either the guns in different places differ by more than I thought, or JJ has significantly less velocity today than normal; 89-91 instead of 93-95
IOW, it was the Prado (throwing to third) rather than the error (throwing the ball badly to third) that caused the problem. If he’d taken the out at first, and Webb struck out Escobar and Johnson, then no runs would have scored.
Oh, and that’s two pathetic strikeouts for Francoeur in the first three innings, one with a runner on second and another leading off the inning. Where’s Lando?
This is really working out quite well for my fantasy team. Webb has only allowed 2 runs, but we’ve actually scored 5, PLUS Jurrjens is doing great so far and he’s on my fantasy team too.
Also, Go Braves!
A bunt single!
lol what a bunt
Why isn’t Blanco batting in leadoff?
Wow that was one of the best bunts I’ve seen in awhile.
at least francouer made him throw a couple pitches in his strikeout to get the ole pitch count up! Gotta find something positive.
He is so frustrating, some days he looks good or comes up in a big spot, but when he looks bad, he looks TERRIBLE
I’m not going to complain about Frenchy on a day like today…Webb makes a lot of guys look bad.
damn i am sure glad some idiot dropped tex from my fantasy league 2 days ago and i was first to claim…
i say he gets 8 rbi today
now if only jurrens is free
The Frenchy-Webb combo equals a bad day for evaluation. Of course, that says nothing about the dozens of pathetic efforts Jeff’s logged thus far this season.
79 pitches for Jurrjens through four. At most, he makes it through the sixth. After that, who knows? Well, Ohman will face one batter and Boyer will pitch at some point.
Escobar fakes a bunt and then swings away for a bloop single.
please don’t bunt
According to Gameday, that pitch was about a foot outside, but KJ had to swing at it because the runner was going. Another one of the many problems caused by the running game.
What is the record for most players on one team hitting .300? I doubt everyone will end up hitting it but Escobar, Johnson, Kotsay, Chipper, Tex, McCann, and Blanco all seem to have legitimate shots at it.
Webb has less pitches thrown than Jurrjens – and he’s given up 4 more runs (and struck out more).
Yes, but he only has one out in the fourth.
lol, sorry, thought we were away there for a sec. My bad!
Didn’t we face 8 .300 hitters when we faced the Indians in ’95?
Just six, counting the DH.
Anyway, Webb with 80 pitches through four. He might pitch to the seventh, depending on when he comes to bat again.
To be honest, I don’t know if Jurrjens will get through this inning. It’s hot and he’s not all that sharp today.
That Drew kid seems like a keeper, eh.
And now it’s 5-3. Please tell me that McDowell has picked up the phone.
GOD FUCKING DAMN IT!
THAT IS THE THIRD FUCKING TIME TIHS YEAR I”VE COME 1 OUT OF GETTING A WIN ON MY FANTASY TEAM ONLY TO HAVE A BRAVES STARTER HIT A WALL AND HAVE BOBBY PULL HIM!!!
probably the right move, but #$&*#$(&&$(@#*$&*(#@
What’s up with Jurrjens and the sleeves? Is it like Moylan and the guy in Florida and JJ just has too many tattoos? Odd. It’s certainly hot enough to be rocking some short sleeves.
Bobby learned from yesterday.
Too bad we couldn’t get JJ in line for the win there. Hopefully, we can keep the lead though.
how long before overuse sends boyer and bennett to the DL?
Hey, I just realized — there is no way that Chris Resop can pitch and mess things up today!
Hey, McCann. Why didn’t you work the pitch count?
Frenchy?! Maybe Resop stole Webbs Hat and went out for the bottom of the 5th
Well Webb kept throwing in the same spot to Frenchy to make him swing ugly…and Frenchy finally got under one…just barely.
Wow that worked out!
At least Melvin is leaving Webb in too long.
chased Webb after 4 1/3….would’ve never in a million years predicted that.
Let’s not blow it!
yeah im with you, I figured he would go 8 strong, but I figured Jurjjens would give us a solid 7.
Ill take it.
I guess Boyer and Ohman are the ninth-inning-for-now guys.
Why would you take Blanco out, he has done very well today, its not like its a double switch or a defensive improvement?! GOD!
I believe Norton is out. Blanco is in center today.
O jeez your right, my apologies, I saw Left Field nad jumped the gun!
And Diaz is a huge improvement on Norton out there, though it’s a little early.
This might be a 2 inning stint for Acosta.
Your right, im sorry, I was thinking of him replacing Blanco. Though I dont trust Diaz’s defense what-so-ever. Bobby is loyal to him. Hopefully he doesnt become a Julio or an Orr or something
KJ to lead off the inning. I hope he doesn’t panic and spaz out, as Joe Simpson would have me believe.
To be fair to Joe, KJ has done a whole lot better since being moved from the leadoff spot, and I think even admitted at some point that the leadoff spot didn’t really agree with him. I think Escobar in the leadoff spot was the right move.
That was truly awful. He’s now even missing fastballs right down the middle.
Frenchy needs a platoon partner.
How is Hudson allowed to wear his batting gloves undone? That will be an issue when a ball hits it and he gets as free base
ESPN says that Willie Randolph is meeting with ownership today.
Sure, now Acosta starts getting 1-2-3 innings.
Blanco almost killed that guy
If your going to pinch bunt, why use Jo Jo?
Are you serious??? He brings in our worst bunting pitcher to bunt???
Great. Kotsay’s back is so bad he can’t pinch-hit, and we wouldn’t want to risk Corky here, so it’s Jo-Jo to bunt.
Is Glavine out taking a piss or something?
Gotay must be pissed
Glavine may not be at the game; it’s not uncommon for the pitcher who pitched the day before or will the day after to take the game off, especially before a road trip.
And Gotay already hit. The move to bring in Diaz early, however, looks dumb.
Though Joseph did get the bunt down.
Didn’t Gotay already hit in this game?
Sorry, I went and cut the grass and missed Gotay.
Carlyle or Boyer?
I’m really not sure why he started Norton over Diaz in the first place. I know righty-lefty etc. but if we have so little confidence in Diaz that we can’t even start him in this situation over a corner infielder, perhaps we should just dump him.
Boyer must be going two today, or until he gets 5 outs and a lefty comes up with no one on and Ohman will come out and finish it for an Atlanta Save
And it’s Boyer.
It is an Atlanta Save situation, after all. Or excuse me, an Atlanta Hold situation in this case…heh.
Diaz must have been working on being the emergency catcher all morning and couldn’t start
It is the “Battle of the Pinch Hitting Pitchers.”
Now this is the kind of pinch-hitting pitcher I can get behind.
The D-Backs are a heavily righthanded team. I’d guess you’d only use a LOOGY for Drew.
…and our winner is Jo-Jo Reyes
A huge upset, that.
Hey, did you guys ever notice that Boog has crazy red hair?
I suspect Carlyle will fill in for Campillo, so I’d be surprised if we saw him today.
Arizona must be the most righthanded team in baseball, actually. They have one regular lefthanded hitter in the lineup, one backup outfielder (who is starting today), Tracy (who was just activated), and a backup catcher. Hudson and his backup are switch-hitters.
Why activate Carlyle then? You wouldn’t have to until he had to make a start. If he’s active, he’s available to relieve.
Boyer will start the ninth, but if anyone reaches Ohman will face Drew.
Well, down goes Chipper’s average.
I dunno, I guess the Braves couldn’t wait to get rid of Resop.
Chipper struck out on three pitches. Haven’t seen that in awhile, but I figure he was just swinging for the fences up by five in the bottom of the eighth with no one on.
Edgar Gonzalez has a 6.02 career ERA, 6.39 this season entering play.
Also, the Braves probably were planning to activate Soriano today, but didn’t for whatever reason.
Joe Simpson in “A Happy Plane”
Soriano’s elbow is still acting up, according to DOB.
Hey, I’m all for getting rid of Resop, of course. But they didn’t have to make the move if Carlyle wasn’t a relief possibility. If Campillo can’t pitch, Morton could come up.
Wow, the Braves are the second lowest striking out team in baseball?
Even with Frenchy?
The Reyes pinch hit appearance is a typical Cox maneuver, and I mean that in a good way. Reyes had trouble getting bunts down early in the year, and I’ll bet he’s been taking extra practice as a result. So Cox puts him in a low leverage situation to try him out — if he fails, not much harm done and you haven’t burned a pinch hitter. If he succeeds, it gives him a little confidence boost. Reyes went from a non-contributor in this game to someone who was entrusted with a responsibility and came through. Anybody who’s managed a staff of people in any area recognizes the value of small gestures like that one.
Wow. Did anybody see that pitch on gameday?
It shows two high balls in about the same place, and a high strike exactly overlapping them.
Is acosta still the closer?
Evidently no. We exist in a closerless world.
Soriano better be able to pitch tomorrow because both Boyer and Acosta will be unavailable.
My fantasy team just showed up with a W for Manny Acosta. Did he get the official W for the game instead of Bennett?
So who do we want to win tonight? Is it the Mets b/c the Marlins lead the division (I would hate rooting for the Mets BTW)? Or is it the Marlins? I would almost say the Marlins b/c the Mets still scare me more than the Marlins do. But the Marlins have kept it up this long, who is to say it won’t continue? What do you guys think?
I always go against the Mets. It’s like a rule.
I would rather go ahead and put the Mets away
Recap is up, sorry for the delay.
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