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Hopefully, the Groundhog has three or four hits today (I know… chances of a snowball in Hell) as the Braves site says the Royals have been/are scouting him this weekend. Maybe Wakefield will accidentally hit his bat with a few knuckleballs.
Hope all you fathers out there enjoy your day!
On KJ: Ya, he’s sucking right now. But his K% is down and his LD% and GB/FB are the same. Now, his BB% is down (I blame Pendleton), but his BABIP is waaaaay down. Like…. 100 points down. To put this in a Bobby Cox quote context: he’s hitting the ball well, it’s just right at somebody. He won’t continue to get so unlucky. Francoeur, on the other hand, just sucks.
Why blame Pendleton?
Because he tried to change Kelly’s approach so that, and I quote, “he doesn’t look at so many called 3rd strikes”. What I took that to mean is he wanted Kelly to be more agressive with 2 strikes and in general which is probably contributing to the decline in his walk rate. And the other reason is blaming Pendleton is the trendy thing to do. And I’m all about the trends!
My opinions of/for the day:
1. The Braves will look even more ridiculous than usual flailing at Wakefield’s knuckleball.
2. Kelly Johnson is a talented flake.
3. Francoeur sucks.
Wait–sorry. #3 is not an opinion. It’s a fact.
lineup: NO GROUNDHOG OR KELLY!!!!
McLouth Escobar Jones, C McCann, DH Anderson, G Kotchman Prado Ross, D Blanco, G
well at least the Braves won’t be giving 3-4 outs away wth Failcour sitting
Blanco instead of Diaz? WTF, Bobby?
If we’re on a Johnny Cash ride, might as well go straight to “Pain”.
Ryan Howard’s in the hospital with flu symptoms.
Facing Wakefield will probably ruin our offense for the next ten days…which is good enough to ruin the whole season…damn, I hate Wakefield back to the Pirates days.
Blanco instead of KJ and Frenchy. So we are giving up four outs instead of eight. I guess that’s an improvement!
Bobby should put Nate in right and Blanco in center.
I think that our offense has proably already been ruined….in fact, this is probably the best time to face Wakefield–at least we go in with marginal expectations…..
im kind of disappointed francoeur isnt starting today. seeing him flail helplessly at a knuckleball would be rather poetic.
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS KJ is out…. this one is a guaranteed win baby!
Wow, put Diaz instead of Blanco and you almost got yourself a big league lineup. I like it!
Here we go.
Nice job JJ… way to blow the lead
JJ’s error cost himself 3 runs.
@#4 Good answer!
Nothing like screwing yourself JJ.
31 pitches from Jair already. Two more innings and we are going to see Medlen. Trailing 9-2, of course.
At least Wakefield isn’t fooling anybody.
JD drew is a bum… the fact we are hitting hard liners right to him so he doesn’t have to move his crippled self around makes me sick.
NESN HD Heidi Whatnety Hot.
this has probably been discussed several times but ….
OBP SLG AVG
Groundhog 281 .333 .245
Nick BLEEPING Green 341 .442 .292
a career utility man learned more from Chipper and McCann in the offseason than dumbass Jeffy .. unbelievable
Hey, did you guys know that our backup catcher is 4th on the team in home runs?
Another inspiring inning….
He should play RF.
This team hates winning.
And Chip’s fellow announcer calls escobar ‘jurrjens’. Seriously, this is crap.
2 fielding misplays = 3 Sawx runs
Blanco, just because you’re playing in Frenchy’s place doesn’t mean you have to hit like him.
Actually, he hit that ball well, it’s just that the shortstop was in the right place.
Blanco’s hit two balls harder in this game than Jeff’s hit in the last month
btw, Joe was going off on Yunel, but the popup was Chippers to catch. He lunged in and then yunel backed off. Either way neither one of them called for it.
Joe also seems to think that Jeffy may be sitting because of all the reports, says something may be brewing. Please!!!!
Joe also thinks Jeffy is having a good series. Jeffy is 0-6.
I’m glad Groundhog isn’t embarassing himself and our team today in front of a national audience.
#35 – yeah heard that too. “Jeff is swinging the bat really well and having a good series, even though he’s 0-6. Id hate to see him go.”
Hey, some production from RF…
I’m headed out. Recap will be slightly delayed, or not delayed at all if the game goes long.
And quite a bellyflop from Prado. Tough luck for Esco.
McLouth may not be a good center fielder, but he sure is a good hitter.
It’s amazing what this offense can do when Francoeur’s on the bench. They can even put together late-inning rallies.
i get the eerie(sp?) feeling KJ might be thrown into the deal that sends Our Worst Player to KC based on the fact that no one is dumb enough to take that waste of $4M we call “everyday RF” straight up for another player
Oh, for God’s sake, Garret — that was a single that you bobbled into a double.
You’ve got to have the bats of the Yankees to overcome all these defensive shortcomings.
Does Joe have any spankies to go with those Francoeur pom-poms?
That comment from Joe is irresponsible. Unless he knows we’re stuck with him and he’s trying to make the best of it.
If our defense had shown up today, this would have been a 4-0 game with a runner on first.
Hey, umpire, it makes it harder when you don’t call a strike a strike. O’Failurety had him struck out — it wasn’t even a close call, as we saw when the NESN people showed the StrikeTracker replay — but the ump screwed him, then tossed O’Flaherty, Bobby Cox, and Chipper Jones.
That ump should frigging get fined.
Thanks a lot, Blue. That one is on you.
that was a pathetic call. that was down the pipe. that’s a difference in the game.
Well, so much for this game. The call was horrendous, but Chipper’s got to know better than that.
The upside is that Chipper won’t be able to get injured.
That was utter horseshit. Love to see Chipper step up for O’Flaherty, hate to see him gone.
He should be fired for that mustache, much less the shoddy umpiring.
I appreciate the passion, but Chipper can’t get tossed there.
The Sox announcers say, “I think the umpire knows it was a strike, and he doesn’t want to hear about it.”
Did y’all see the dugout? Looked like a bunch of zombies.
The pitch to chipper in the 1st looked like a strike–if only the a$$wipe ump would be consistent with Drew at the plate.
Instead of Chipper leading off the eighth, we have KJ. Like substituting spam for filet mignon. Good night.
Maybe both chipper and cox had seen all of the putrid play from this team that could stand and decided to grab beers and cigars …
Probably not, but you couldn’t blame them.
As bad as that call was, this team has no right to complain about mistakes.
Well, if ever there was a time for a satisfying comeback…
any recollection of chipper being thrown out of a game before?
This would be a great time for KJ to break out of his slump…
ummm, who was that?
Nice, KJ. Get it back.
KJ, the lefty killer.
I swear, every time I say something bad about KJ and Frenchy, they get on base.
“it’s easy to hit the green monster when you have a big johnson”.
I don’t think you say bad things about Frenchy as often as I do.
You are both right, Joe and Chip. Why in the world should Brian McCann, the best Braves hitter left in that dugout, try to drive him home? He should definitely just try to advance that runner. Like maybe bunt…
And yeah. It’s also great that the Braves have Garrett Anderson for these situations.
JUST MISSED THE CORNER!!?!!
Get these two the hell out of here…
Good job, ACHE. Let’s go, Braves!
Way to go, Glide!
ACHE-y breaky single.
im so sick of garret anderson being referred to as a “professional hitter” (non-chip TBS announcer). i guess thats a euphemism for an old, slow, slap-hitting, powerless left fielder.
(im trying the whole say bad things to make good things happen trick)
Tie game…again. Dare I ask for a lead?
and it works!
I Love ACHE.
so if all goes according to plan, Kotchmann (the 4th consecutive lefty-lefty matchup) is going to hit a HR……. and Bobby will still be senile and dumb
edit: spoke too soon
Interesting…Bobby’s no longer in the game, and Gonzo is warming up to pitch the 8th. Maybe McDowell will manage the bullpen better than Bobby usually does.
Now pinch running… Matt Diaz, the well-known speedster.
I don’t get being willing to pr Diaz for Anderson if you’re not willing to ph Diaz for Anderson.
Gotta believe Bobby’s still managing
Note that Anderson doesn’t even bother to give Diaz some skin when he, Diaz, comes in to pinch run.
And Ross flies out on a line drive.
Way to go, Chip
Its actually a good thing. We don’t want Anderson to infect Diaz.
Anderson is a professional hitter. Now up to .280.
KJ versus Papelbon is going to be U-L-G-Y.
EDIT: At least he stayed out of the DP.
the FAILURE known as KJ shows his ugly face…. lets go BMAC!
chip is delusional if he thinks nate wouldve scored from second on that yuni single
Well, KJ did come through pretty big last time.
Phew… apparently that was the first time McCann swung at a 3-0 pitch this season, and he popped it up around the plate. Fortunately the wind blew it foul.
Papelbon doesn’t seem to have much control today.
Take a few, Matt, okay?
Come on, Diaz!
Dammn wish Anderson was still in the game….
Diaz has zero patience at the plate. He’s the eptiome of a hacker
what an a#$hole… typical Diaz
That was an absurdly bad pitch! Good lord.
gameday had that pitch at eye level ..
Diaz is a piece of shit.
Of course, we have to remember, Frenchy’s so bad that Diaz is one of the outfielders we like.
That pitch was over his head….forget eye level.
I think Diaz swings as hard as he can with his eyes closed. Cause half the time he is swinging at balls at his face or in the dirt and ending up across the plate in the left handers batting box
Nick Green hits a wind-blown Texas league walkoff homer curving around Pesky’s Pole.
I hate the Red Sox.
I seriously just turned over to this game right as the USA soccer game ended. Just in time for the final pitch of the game. Awesome.
Just tuned in… and now I’m tuning back out.
Well, except for the blowout, Mac’s prediction for the series was spot on.
On second thought, with the way the Braves have been hitting, 3-0 is a blowout.
You can’t really blame Bennett this time. That ball is foul in every other park in the league.
Bennett needs to be used the way Medlen is, the way James Parr was — only in case of an eight-run lead or deficit.
Well, that sucked.
Nice… hopefully that will be Bennett’s last pitch as a Brave. Once Campillo comes back Bennett is gone
Well, Bennett sucks. That much is obvious. To everyone except our idiot manager.
That’s us. We are losers. With or without Jeffy. Period.
I despise the Red Sox.
Oh, by the way, Francoeur sucks.
Let’s not make excuses for Bennett. He sucks… end of story
I’m sure Francoeur said something to someone during the course of the game that had a negative effect in their AB
At least your Mom didn’t cancel your WoW account:
Though I’m a few losses away from becoming this kid.
The game was lost with the 2 defensive miscues. Can’t drop the ball all over the field & give a good team 3 runs.
Reminds me of a passage from Ball Four:
“We won tonight because their shortsop made an error in the 10th & opened the door & we stepped in, just like the old Yankees used to.”
That’s what it was like when the Braves would play a lesser team back in the day, too.
#124 Someone buy that kid a glove & a ball.
True Story. My Wife wanted me to go to the store, as the bottom of the 9th rolled around. When I saw Bennett, I said, I will the game will be over soon. One pitch later, I was on my way to pick up some milk.
Recap’s up. Bennett sucks.
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