Home at last game thread: Marlins at Braves, June 2Hopefully form holds for the next week.Bo Diddley, RIP.
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You beat me to it.
Mac, re: the software update…
One thing I notice is that I now have to refresh the homepage myself to see an updated number of comments or a new thread, whereas it used to update automatically.
Hope is cruel. Still, …
Stu you need to post more, you’re not in the top 10 yet this month.
from the previous thread…
In Blanco, we have a guy whose only real skill seems to be getting on base, usually with a single or a walk. That skill is wasted a little in the 8th spot, as it is very unlikely that the pitcher, who is hitting behind you 75% of the time is going to bring you around to score.
I would prefer Blanco to be on with Yunel, Chipper, and Tex coming up.
Also, in response to Marc from the previous thread, I think you are right. This problem with the roster could be fixed by a righty masher in left field, I think.
Are there any out there?
I also think wew will eventually see a need for a mid to top of the rotation starter.
I wrote this 2 days ago:
Dix, I’ve worked hard on getting a life for the summer.
But I’ve failed, so you’ll see me in the Top 10 soon enough.
braves14 – I am convinced.
Re: Top 10…Small sample size!
7-21 on the road, 2-16 in 1-run games. I’m not convinced that this team is much better than a .500 team, but the splits are ridiculous.
I’m fighting idolatry.
I’ve just reactivated the spam filter. If it blocks you (that is, you comment and it doesn’t show up) write me (bravesjournal at gmail dot com) so I can try to fix it.
OT, how did Vandy do?
Blanco is doing what Willie Harris did last season. Guy was a marginal, fringe prospect forever. I sincerely doubt Blanco is a .400 OBP in-a-full-season guy.
Regardless, I don’t like a guy with no power to speak of getting the most at-bats.
Ugh, not well. We just collapsed down the stretch. Eliminated (both losses, actually) by the one team considered to be the least deserving of its spot in the entire field. Looking forward to having more pitching depth next year, though.
Dan, Blanco was looking like a pleyer that might have potential as our centerfielder last year and in the Winter Leagues. I think it is more than an unexpected Wille Harris type contribution.
Yeah, Blanco’s 24 and Willie Harris was 29 last year. Not exactly apples to apples.
Based on Bobby’s philosophy, the 8 spot is the best spot for someone like Blanco. He can get on via the walk, be bunted over by the pitcher, and then the top of our order is right there to kick off the 2 out rally.
If Blanco batted second, then Bobby would be required by force of nature to have Chipper bunt him over and Bobby at least has the sense not to allow that scenario to unfold.
Well, I would rather see the pitcher bunting a runner over than the #2 hitter.
I still think we get more out of the whole lineup with Blanco leading off.
And that strategy would work better if our 1-2 spots weren’t black holes 75% of the time.
It’s not that Blanco just gets on base. It’s that Kelly or Yunel has a better chance of knocking in Teixiera or McCann (or, in rare cases, Francoeur). Less men LOB.
Harris’ career minor league line is .283 .363 .415. Blanco’s is .274 .371 .377. There’s certainly a resemblance, and if anything Harris looks a little better. I’m glad that Blanco is getting a chance, but I am not counting my chickens yet.
At this point, I just wanna see Yunel move back to the No. 2 spot. I’m not sure why, but his plate approach is becoming Francoeur-like.
Just heard an oustanding radio interview with Fay Vincent on WFAN. He’s pushing a book he just did, proceeds going to the Hall of Fame, where he interviews a slew of older ballplayers.
A couple gems:
Vincent said that Warren Spahn had the “best baseball mind” he ever knew. In his interview with Spahn, he asked, “Warren, who taught you how to pitch?”
His answer: “The hitters.”
Asked by the radio hosts if there was one thing he’d change about baseball, he replied, “I’d get rid of the DH. People always say that you can’t do that because you’re punishing older players & I always say, ‘Look at Johnny Mize—he could hit when he was in his 40s.’ Baseball teams will always find a place for guys who can hit.”
Boy, I wish he was the independent commissioner today.
Nothing reported on the injuries to Hudson and Boyer yet, and nothing on the possible activation of Smoltz either.
If my math is correct, Harris’ minor-league line through age 24 was .281/.353./394. He began to pad the stats as he started being really old for his level. (The dude played a lot of minor league ball at ages 25-28.)
So that’s a .747 OPS for Harris and a .748 OPS for Blanco, with Blanco’s being more OBP-heavy (and therefore better). Blanco looks to be legitimately better than Harris, although damning with faint praise if I’ve ever seen it.
I’d still like to see him get a shot leading off for a while.
Bottomline if Tex or Francouer would have been hitting just a little bit the Braves would probably be about 5 games ahead right now. As much as Chipper, Yunel, Kotsay and KJ have been on base in front of them…Tex especially should have about 50 RBIs.
Also McCann needs to start hitting on the road:
.376 .433 .667 1.100
.263 .336 .505 .841
Russell Martin has surpassed McCann hitting .321, while McCann is down to .318. Looks like those two will battle it out for years to come. I think Martin has the edge on the average b/c his swing is so short and compact and he can has excellent speed. McCann will have better power numbers.
The internet told me that we should bat the pitcher 8th and put Blanco 9th.
Russell Martin’s speed won’t last.
Having never had any, McCann’s game won’t suffer for any decrease (unless he gets so slow that he actually causes time to collapse upon itself skewing the time/space continuum wherein Skip can actually be right for once when he claims a failed attempt to bunt a runner to second would absolutely have resulted in a run on subsequent single).
Well Pudge Rodriguez can still run in his mid 30’s….
Guess who was sent down.
Cox would never bat the pitcher anywhere other than the nine-hole. Pitcher Babe Ruth would bat ninth on this team below Corky Miller.
Boyer’s MRI is fine and he is available to pitch. Not sure who was sent down to activate Smoltz.
Also, Hudson should be ready to go for his next start.
The above was according to DOB.
Naturally, Stockman was sent down.
as we all figured…stockman
Just up from the clubhouse: Yes, Smoltz is activated and Stockman sent back to Richmond.
Bobby Cox said if there’s a closing situation tonight, Smoltz is getting the call. They’re going to evaluate on a daily basis and use Smoltz, Soriano and Acosta to close for now. But tonight it’ll be Smoltz.
BOYER’s MRI was fine, just a bit of fluid on a bursa sac in the knee, doc said he could pitch today long as the discomfort is tolerable. Boyer said he feels good today.
HUDSON doesn’t think his hammy is a big deal at all and would be very surprised if he can’t make his next start. Bobby said Braves would probably have someone on standby from minors (Charlie?) just in case, but he, too, believes Hudson will be ready.
KOTSAY isn’t doing any better, has pain running down a leg, etc.
Stockman was sent down.
I REALLY hope Morton doesn’t get held out of his next start as Huddy insurance. This is of course because I’m going to see him pitch!
Morton and the R-Braves are in Durham this week, and if I counted correctly, Morton should be pitching tomorrow night, and I’ve made plans to be there. So after that game, you’ll all be treated to my (probably irrelevant) thoughts on him. :-D
I’m actually really excited. I’ll also watch Lillibridge and B. Jones closely; I was in the “really excited about those two” camp going into the year, so their year-to-date performances have been a bit of bummer for me.
*stream of obscenities* Why did it have to be Stockman? If they keep killing off my favorite characters I’m not going to follow this POS soap opera anymore.
With Carlyle already on the roster (and never in use), why would they need Morton or any other minor leaguer on stand-by for Hudson’s spot in the rotation?
I am so frustrated that Stockman was really never used. He was “Devined.”
I suspect that Stockman will prove to be a much better reliever than Acosta…on anotther team.
Man you guys have made my day at work very enjoyable talking about B Cox and the Braves. Dan that was very funny.
Poor Stockman…he must kicked Bobby’s dog or something…
I’m pretty sure Morton’s on the same pitching schedule as Hudson. So if Hudson’s on for his next start, Morton should be starting the same day in Richmond.
No, I’m wrong. Disregard the last post.
That’s the million dollar question of the hour, Stu.
A friend of mine who works at Turner Field saw a couple of Smoltz’s workouts & said he threw a lot of pitches that were very close to sidearm.
Hope he can close better than Soriano did this past weekend.
I am so frustrated that Stockman was really never used.
Yeah, it doesn’t bother me that he was the one sent down—who else was it gonna be?—but it still bothers me that he wasn’t made use of while he was around. Some of those low-leverage innings could’ve been placed on someone other than Boyer’s shoulder, for example.
I suspect that Stockman will prove to be a much better reliever than Acosta…
I dunno about that. I really like Acosta, particularly in the long run.
Why did this team hate Joey Devine? Why does it hate Phil Stockman now?
It seems there are some players that this team just absolutely refuses to give any real shot. Meanwhile, the team remains totally fascinated with Corky Miller and Buddy Carlyle.
Mother of Fuck! I totally forgot that Carlyle was still raising the CO2 levels in the pen. I often wonder what team with 3 HOF starters in the rotation for 10 years could have accomplished with some intelligent management.
I’d send both Stockman and Carlyle down. Stockman isn’t pitching at all, and Carlyle sat in the pen all week and only got to pitch because Boyer hurt himself. It’s absurd. Bring up Canizares or Timmons to give the bench some righthanded pop.
This lineup is going to piss everybody off…remember, it’s against a lefty, so Kelly sits, and Infante bats second!
SS Yunel Escobar
2B Omar Infante
3B Chipper Jones
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Jeff Francoeur
C Brian McCann
LF Greg Norton
CF Gregor Blanco
P Jo-Jo Reyes.
Timmons has a .371 career minor league OBP and can play second base. I’m just saying. When is Prado getting back?
Braves lose…5-1. Tex and Franco struggles continue. Solo HR by Norton…lol
I’d love to see Canizares get a shot at some point. It took the guy four tries to get out of Cuba, he’s a hitting savant, and he’s blatantly lying about his age. What’s not to like?
I thought Prado was going to miss like 6 weeks.
Well, Canizares is only 33 now, we wouldn’t want to rush him. Meanwhile, Wes Timmons’ web page.
Bring up Canizares or Timmons to give the bench some righthanded pop.
Timmons is 28 and has a .342 SLG at AAA. What am I missing?
And it’s been about 4 weeks for Prado.
I posted this in the last thread:
Just change that miscellaneous outfielder to a right handed guy.
Nobody seemed to like that idea, then, though.
I like Timmons already. He’s a certified teacher
You know, Kelly looks like the kind of guy that could sell some jeans. I wonder what the deal is. I bet it’s due to him not accepting coaching to fit in better with the organizations no-plate-discipline stance.
He’s from Texas, so he doesn’t get preferential treatment.
Hey, I don’t live in Atlanta and am having trouble with MLBTV tonight, anyone else having trouble?
McCann should definitely do this at some point.
#66, i’m having trouble. i keep getting this same radio shack ad.
Five pitches for Joseph in the first, all strikes. More of this, please.
Are we platooning KJ? Oh, common, Bobby. KJ’s surely a better hitter to have in there than Greg frickin Norton. Or Blanco for that matter!
Yes, we’re platooning KJ. We platooned him last year — I learned this from reading the comments section at the Braves Journal website. Fortunately for Kelly, “platoon” evidently now means you get 600 plate appearances per season.
And, with a swing of the bat, Frenchy silences his critics.
[JOKE]But there he goes swinging at the first pitch again![/JOKE]
Not to be too complimentary, but that’s his 4th homer in the past 12 games.
So maybe he is turning things around.
I should also have said, nice job, Frenchy!
Is there any reason to put Greg Norton, and his .226 .312 .335 career batting line righthanded, in left field just because he’s putatively a switch-hitter? When was the last time Norton played this regularly? This is five starts in a row. At least he’s working the count.
Blanco to second–on a bunt!
re: KJ, I guess he started against Doug Davis, but he’s been riding the bench for the past two consecutive LHPs.
And FWIW, I kinda enjoy it when we try to bunt for hits (though moreso with Blanco than with KJ)
johnny damon + 40 pounds = corky miller. i didnt know major leaguers took glamour shots.
I’m online — should Blanco have gotten a hit there?
Henceforth, it’s spelled “Corcqui”.
A hit and an error on the throw, I think.
Sorry, I’m on radio. Got it late.
Is Fredi stupid? Why is Uggla hitting fifth? You have two good hitters and you put three guys between them? How is this team winning?
Joe said that McCann had some complaint with Hairston dating back to the last series, something about Hairston complaining about a play from the dugout.
So, why isn’t Omar bunting? Him, I could understand.
Okay, so what’s a rookie doing mouthing off like that?
Rookie? Huh? Are we talking about Hairston? ‘Cause he’s been in and out of the majors since the late 90s.
My goof. (I’ve been making a lot of them lately.) He’s free to mouth off, then.
Back to the game . . . .
anybody having issues with mlb.tv?
greg norton needs to make me believe again.
Mac was ready to throw down there by the look of it…
Gameday is having issues too. Did they ealk McCann?
Now they say HBP. Okay. Really, Brian needs to take out his frustrations on someone, and still say the umpire. See # 67.
Olsen drilled him in the kidneys…he gave Olsen a stare..ump got in between.
Whatever, Norton is as useful as an amputee panda bear.
hit him in the back…greg norton =burlesque show.
Yay for LOB. :-(
Still, looks like we should be getting Olsen out of the game pretty quickly.
See also # 76. Norton can’t hit lefties and never could, and his “switch-hitting” is purely nominal. Wren screwed up this offseason getting all these lefthanded outfielders and no righthanders. He couldn’t have known about Diaz, but he must have known that Kotsay’s not very good against lefties.
Great, a leadoff triple.
Add another name to McCann’s rapidly growing enemies list.
Jay Bruce just homered against the Phillies. WTF is with that guy?
He’s not human. Actually, that gives me an idea. Poll in 2 minutes.
Gotta love our outfield…
Wouldn’t have thought before the season started that I would actually miss Kotsay, once he would get injured, but i do.
And Kelly should play today and Blanco (as bad as he looked there it’s still miles better than Norton) and Infante could be the outfield.
There you go.
How much of this inning is the outfield’s fault?
No-hitter through 3, then four hard-hit balls in the same inning….
The trivia question today is most doubles in a season by a catcher. That has to be Pudge, doesn’t it?
I would guess Ted Simmons.
Oops, it was the NL record. Terry Kennedy, of all people.
You suck, Omar.
With Chipper pretty much a singles hitter from the right side, we really need Teixeira to keep hitting for power against lefties.
Frenchy’s ABs are always disconcerting, ’cause half the time they’re over before I realize they’ve started. :-o
Keep throwin’ strikes, Joseph Albert.
So assuming Jo Jo gets through the 7th in good shape, do you pinch hit for him to lead off the bottom of the inning? He’s only at 70 pitches through 6th, so there’s a reasonable shot he could go 8.
Have we learned nothing? Don’t stretch these guys — if there’s any evidence that they’re losing it, get them out of there. This whole rotation is full of fine-line pitchers.
Nobody answered my question earlier, so here it is in revised form — how badly is Norton playing in left field?
Heh. So much for that idea.
He looks pretty bad out there, Mac. Very little range.
Hard to say if a better LF gets to some of those balls tonight though. They weren’t cheapies.
I think he is really bad with no range but the one clear mistake so far today was Blanco on the triple.
christ really wanted a dp there…
crunch time now. this game, series, just feels like a must win and another one run loss… that will just be too much…
Ugh. We’re screwed.
Nasty pitches to get Han Ram.
Finally someone who is not red hot against us.
Nice work by Acosta. Although walking Jacque Jones on four pitches and then punking Hanley Ramirez is a sequence of events that will never happen again.
If He did, He’d have gotten it.
why is Gotay on this team?
Trent, are you saying Jesus Christ couldn’t hit a curveball?
Infante is dreadful.
If I was all-powerful, and could change one thing about this team, it would be to instruct the PA guy to announce “Yunel Escobar” the same way that the Pistons PA announcer says “DEEE-troit BAS-ket-baaaaallll”. Wouldn’t that be cool?
Hey, good thing that Hanley Ramirez sucks at fielding.
Oh, and nice to see you all again. I couldn’t bring myself to post during that awful road trip.
Later, somebody explain to me why we didn’t double switch Anderson and Acosta when we made the pitching change. I’m sure there is a good reason.
I just snorted.
Loaded for Jeffy.
our 6-9 batters are 0 for the night.
are all of these balls???
Swung at ball 4
That was ball four.
Anybody seen Lando?
about a full foot outside. jeff……sigh
Okay, that’s it. I’m grabbing a spork from the nearest Taco Bell and stabbing Jeff Francoeur directly in the brain.
Don’t think we’ll se Lando tonight…
Dumbest player in MLB? Any other candidates?
He’s thick, all right. Ball four, up and away.
somebody has to fill ‘druw’s shoes
I would have nominated David Justice, because I can’t think of too many things dumber than cheating on Halle Berry.
But in terms of actual stupid, I think Jeff and Chuck are running neck and neck, and lapping the rest of the field.
We walked a guy to pitch to Uggla?
Francoeur looks and acts way too eager to swing in those RBI spots.
“Eager” = “would still be in double-A if he didn’t look like a cover boy”
at least soriano is still afraid to step on the chalk line
Okay, that was probably harsh.
here comes another one run game…………………great video mac………….the coolest thing the ump could’ve done was to ignore the situation, walk over to the dugout and come back with a catchers mitt.
Who is warming up?
Hey, Gregor finally did something good, and Bobby decided not to let the pitcher hit!
Smoltz is warming.
A la sansho…
I’ve missed those.
Okay, third time’s the charm (with the bases loaded).
nice gift there walking Infante to get to Chipper–downright Kolb-like
I really hate that play and reiterate that it should be a balk.
hey frnak taht snot fare. i wud nevir ealk omar finfante 2 pich 2 chipir jones. im not stuped.
Wait…are the Marlins making a pitching change mid at bat? Is that the next level of LaRussaization that we’ve all been waiting for?
I’m telling you, it gets him fired up!
god i hate how slow gamecast is
There’s no rule against it, but actually it wasn’t mid-AB as no pitch had been thrown.
Can we win a one-run game?
That’s even worse. How LaRussa is it to have your pitcher do the balk to third balk to first to waste time for your other reliever to warm up?
is smotlz coming in?
This will be nervewrecking for a lot of reasons.
Come on John!!!
I’m scared of that arm angle. Hope he makes it through the whole season.
Hmm. That’s more three-fifths than three-quarters. Maybe even four-sevenths.
Wow, that’s a fierce delivery.
is he really throwing 95?
andruw woulda had it
andruw woulda had it
I need a visual. I was never good at fractions.
I’m surprised more managers don’t do it. It could buy them some extra time or get a hitter messed up. It’s inevitable that someone will adopt the tactic, but I think it was just that the pitcher was messed up.
If Wes Helms hits a homer here I will scream.
The Turner Field radar gone is always generous.
Andruw would have had that.
Kotsay would have had it.
Remy, he’s coming from more like 2’oclock, maybe 2:20 than 1:30.
This isn’t going well.
Oh boy. This is a new one.
This is not good. No way we can double up Hanley. I’m not too optimistic
That slider ain’t sliding.
Throw was bad, Amezaga would have scored.
Just one more, just one more….
this makes me sad
Smoltz always has trouble the first time out. This would be an unfortunate time for that to happen.
God damn it anyway.
that throw was out of control from Jeff.
FREE BRANDON JONES!
crap. this sucks
How totally believable.
This game is over with half-decent left field play, right?
my heart is in my ass.
Even after knee surgery, Andruw would have had it.
Andruw could stop ground balls too.
God bless Braves fans everyone.
I sense another one-run loss. We find a new way every time dont we
signing off now…………….my tv is too tempting……………think i’ll go find something worthless to smash.
It’s like having some combination of Klesko and Lonnie Smith out there. Sweet merciful crap.
i guess my mosaic is behind.
this is horrible.
and horrible fielding
How has Brandon Jones been doing in the minors?
So this side-arm thing… not working so good?
That didn’t go as planned.
Just one out away.
Game could still be tied with a decent left fielder.
Now instead of feeling good, it’s another heartbreaking new way to lose.
Jones is doing crap in the minors. I think his BA is sub-.250. At least he’s hitting some doubles….
Fuck Norton and Infante
Smoltz was rusty, but outfield play really has sucked, hasn’t it?
Thanks, Mac. Good thing I didn’t come of age in the digital age.
This game will have been lost by Infante. Period.
Why on earth would he be in there in the late innings, so frustrating, is Josh anderson available?
2 HR in 11 AB is pretty good. Gives me hope.
Hey, no worries – after all, we know this team has the heart and guts to grind out a comeback win (or an extra-inning win!)….
Lonnie and Klesko could hit.
I just heard Francoeur’s at-bat music: “You Give Love a Bad Name.” Really? I’ve checked out of the game, obviously, and am focusing on much more important things.
They can’t hit or field! Of course, neither of them is actually an outfielder… so I remain confused as to why either of them is playing the outfield. If it was Adam Dunn, fine. But why are backup infielders out there? Seriously, someone answer my question. There are like hundreds of AAA-type outfielders, and we happen to have the ones who hit and field like – excuse me – are infielders.
I would rather have Glavine play left
I’m sure it’s been covered on this site, but what, again, is the record for one-run losses in a season?
Sure, now he takes the pitch.
Yes, Infante sucks. But maybe we shouldn’t have left the bases loaded three times.
Brian McCann could be my new favorite Brave
Josh Anderson on deck to PH for Smoltz.
Wow, Frenchy actually walked.
I’m calling a GIDP here.
Ken Camminetti’s corpse is better than Infante and 9x’s better than Norton
Where the fuck is Deion Sanders?
Good job Braves, good job. And if Smoltz has to pitch like that, he might as well hang them up now. His pitches from that arm angle have no movement to them.
I’m damn sorry ryanc, but if you can’t see it with this team, you never will.
The really remarkable thing is that Infante was in for defense.
Come on Anderson. You can earn your starting time right here, right now.
Of course. Now we see Josh Anderson.
Houston was 16-41 in one-run games in 1975, so… at least there’s that.
Corky’s in the game if it goes to extras.
Josh Anderson is in the game nine innings too late
Nice job by Frenchy on that.
Jurrjens in to run for McCann.
You know, you could probably blame the Astros’ jerseys for that, too.
Francoeur’s flop extends the game.
As for the one-run game question… The Mets lost 37 one-run games in 1968, but I doubt that’s the record, it’s just the most I can find in a short search.
C’mon Blanco! Please get a hit!
We need a wild pitch, or a crazy squeeze bunt
Can Yunel do it again?
I called it again!
Well, that was weird.
No one can predict wild pitches like me! Good hustle by Frenchy
God, I love hearing Skip call a close game!
WOOOOOO!!!! RUN FRENCHY RUNNNNN
geez…blek…..sshhhhhiiiiIIIIITTTTT YESSSSS!!! CORKY TIME!!!!
can i get an update? gamecast still thinks its the top of the 9th
Damn if the guy is a 1/2 an inch shorter, we win
For the Sportsouth listeners we were able to hear Joe ask for a second wild pitch.
you called it smitty!
Finally some luck!
Oh no, extra innings.
The Braves are still winless in extras this year.
Hey, we’ve got them right where we want em. We’ll get this.
Tex grounded out,Frenchy walked, McCann Walked, Anderson hit into a fielders Choice, a wild pitch scored Frenchy. Blonco bounced out to the pitcher
In fairness, I think Skip asked for a second wild pitch too.
who pitched the 9th for the Marlins? i cant get any updates anywhere online
A’s lost 40 one-run games in 1908.
228 — jea, the fact that frenchy comes to bat to bon jovi is one of my favorite things about him. heh heh.
Pinch running for McCann is a bad idea because it means Corky Time.
I think Abe might be the only catcher that sports the Reebok chest protector.
Did Anderson not stay in to play left?
Gregg pitched the ninth.
I know this is a little late after all the LF bashing, but who would you take out of this group to play LF: Norton, Infante, or Resop?
avery: Kevin Gregg, the Marlins’ closer, pitched the 9th.
I think Resop could provide a quality arm for left field
Bill James on one-run records.
New leader: White Sox, 44 in 1968.
Luis Gonzo owns Ohamn
INFANTE CAUGHT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is there any possibility that Corky and Coxy could be involved in some kind of gay sex scandal that ultimately results in their firings? I think that is the most humane thing I can come up with. I can’t really hope for death or injury cause this is just baseball. But with this, two guys discover the joys of sweet, sweet buttsecks and the Braves fans are rid of the scourge of their presence on the team.
Like I say (#275), the 1975 Houston Astros lost 41 one-run games.
Infante is still playing left?
Guess we don’t want to lose that bat in the lineup, am I right?
I wasn’t a huge fan of the Ohman acquisition (I figured he’d just be a LOOGY and not much else), but he’s actually been a pretty integral part of the pen thus far, and perhaps more surprisingly, he’s been very, very effective.
44 is more than 41. I’d guess that’s the record. The AL in 1968 was the lowest-scoring environment in modern history, the third-lowest in major league history after the 1907-08 NL, which I checked. There are obviously more one-run games to lose in a low-scoring environment.
Time to finish this. Now.
Isn’t Otis Nixon still in town. He could play left and lead off. It might help get a crack dealer off the streets
Good job KJ
I guess it is time to bunt
Bonds couldn’t really be worse in left field than Norfante.
He is soooooo bunting right here.
Does Escobar know how to bunt?
I bet smoltz could play LF.
Well now you do have to bunt and hope Infante doesn’t puss out
Joe, screw you. Just because the only thing you could do was make outs doesn’t mean that that’s the object of the game. “Everyone should bunt” my ass.
Didn’t see yours before posting mine, Mac. Sorry.
With Bonds OBP he would be great at leading off.
FUCK THE BUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That’s why you don’t bunt. Yunel!
WOW, WE WIN!!!!
It’s no one-run win though….
He really should have bunted.
Joe was right…should’ve got the bunt down.
Doesn’t help the one-run win thing … but it’s huge nonetheless. Mazel tov.
Of course we win by 2 so our record in one-run games remains terrible. ;)
Was it 3-0?
Awesome ending. That’s rather ironic that the first extra innings game still isn’t a one-run win.
bunting my ass indeed!!!
yeah, it figures that we manage to win so that it isn’t by one run
A win is a win.
I think this might become a legitimate late-inning strategy — tell your star to bunt, then take the bunt off after a pitch and watch them hit a walkoff. It certainly worked for Dusty with Encarnacion and Dunn.
No bat flip by Yunel.
Well, I didn’t see yours before posting the A’s total, so we’re even.
So I guess it’s the home uniforms that are lucky? Can we wear those on the road?
I honestly can’t think of a situation where bunting is a good idea. Maybe ‘acceptable,’ but in that situation… give your guys three chances to get ’em home. I wonder how many games the Braves would have won if they stopped bunting altogether…
It was a 3-0 count.
Can we play all our games at home?
YUNEL THE CARTEL!
Everyone saw Amezaga hit the wall, right? Because that was hilarious. Remember, he was the outfielder who crashed into the wall full speed to give McCann his first and only triple. Also hilarious.
….and chief nocahoma fades back into the woodwork, surely to be heard from again another day….
Gotta love the guy that caught the homerun ball. It looks like he reached up and grabbed it from a girl and her father.
Blanco translating for Escobar. I do wonder if getting rid of Yunel’s buddy and translator in order to keep Corcqui Miller was a good idea.
Red Wings just tied it up
Mac–I don’t wonder–I know it was a lousy idea
To quote Esco in his postgame interview, “Mi casa, mi casa.”
Well said, sir.
We need a back up catcher. McCann can’t play 150 games
NOw the Red Wings have taken the lead
I don’t know what was my favorite line in that interview, “Mi casa, Mi casa.” or Jerome’s “Gracias”
I guess things do even out on occasion.
Julio Franco on Baseball Tonight!
Hockey in HD, awesome.
THe Red Wings are crazy good
PS: Smoltz gets the win and I love it.
Has baseball tonight shown the Braves’ highlights? I just switched over.
Oh god jerome… I miss the days of TBS (like… every night)
Julio Franco is great. He doesn’t feel the need to talk.
I think Ohman got the win
Wait, wouldn’t Ohman get the win
Julio is going to have an all time Julio team of guys Julio played with. I bet Babe Ruth makes it
Beat me to it
I forgot to activate Smoltz from my fantasy bench, but we don’t have wins as a stat, so it isn’t a huge deal. Going to activate him right now.
Oh yeah. You’re right, Smitty. I’d follow these things better if I got more than 1.5 games a week on TV.
The best part was after the wild pitch. Joe gleefully said “Now he can bunt him to third!”
Uhh….I don’t hate bunts as much as y’all do, but after Escobar hurt himself earlier this year and failed miserably last week…I don’t see it as a good idea. And yet, we’ve all been burned by double plays.
Overlong recap is up. Is everyone who’s signed up getting the notifications?
Tonight worked out well:
1) Braves win in extra innings.
2) Looks like the Stanley Cup will be presented (my favorite moment in sports).
3) And the Dawgs complete their mini-sweep of the North Avenue Trade School by—yes, folks—a football score.
Spoke too soon there. Great goal.
Wow, 30 seconds left.
OT now. A Wings goal wins the Cup. A Pens goal & we suddenly have a series.