114 thoughts on “Still boring game thread: May 28, Pirates at Braves”

  1. From the last thread re: draft picks (#37),

    I wouldn’t say those guys are potential Braves picks (I have no idea), just who I would be looking into.

    I imagine they’ll take a prep guy, Covey and Wilson are the only prep guys I listed and I think they’re the two most likely to be gone at 35.

    Actually, there’s a pretty good chance all 6 are gone at 35. Probably more than 40 percent.

  2. Good god the comments on that Schultz article were vile even by the knuckle dragging standards of AJC posters.

  3. @1 – I find the Poor Little Buttercup sequence particularly funny.

  4. 2013 rotation candidates:
    tommy hanson
    jair jurrjens
    kris medlen
    julio teheran
    randall delgado
    tim hudson
    arodys viscaino
    mike minor

    i know we don’t have a lot of offensive depth in the minors, but with this crew set to be ready by 2013, that’s some exciting shtuff. if mccann can still catch, he’d be behind the plate, freeman at first, prado at second, escobar at short, salcedo at 3rd, heyward in right, and schafer in center. put a power hitting right-handed hitter in left…holy carpel tunnel syndrome…it sure is fun to have a good minor league system, no matter if it’s one dimensional.
    2013 lineup:
    prado
    salcedo
    heyward
    RYAN BRAUN (off season trade of the year)
    mccann
    freeman
    escobar
    schafer

    we might get upset about how our team does on a day-to-day basis, however it feels really good knowing that we’re going to have a team that can compete for many years to come.

  5. All the hate for Kawakami is basically based on a meaningless win-loss record. Of course, I’d expect nothing less from small-brained AJC “columnists.”

    In Kawakami’s nine starts, the Braves have scored 2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 3, 0, 4, and 2 runs for him. That really makes winning a lot more difficult regardless of who is on the mound.

  6. What do you have to do to be an AJC sports columnist? It can’t be very much.

    As for the AJC commenters, I think they are part of a conspiracy designed to show that evolution does not exist.

  7. Love the video. Easily my favorite Gilbert and Sullivan show.

    I always wonder if deaf people are annoyed when they read a subtitle like “joyous music.”

  8. What do you have to do to be an AJC sports columnist? It can’t be very much.

    You have to already be an AJC sports columnist.

    It’s eminently possible that they’ll eventually let go some of their sportswriters at some point soon, the way they let go their film critics and much of the rest of their newsroom. It is hard to fathom that they would actually hire another sports columnist any time soon. The grandfather clause is, right now, the only qualification that any AJC sports columnist could hope to have — and it’s the only quality they have.

  9. Braves lineup: 1. Prado 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Chipper 3B, 4. Glaus 1B, 5. Escobar SS, 6. Cabrera LF, 7. Ross C, 8. McLouth CF, 9. Lowe RHP

  10. #11

    The problem isn’t the columnists. It’s the people who read them.
    And that isn’t going away anytime soon.

  11. Pirates a surprising 10-5 in one-run games, besting the Braves record of 8-7

  12. Drayton Moore is KC GM now, according to Jon Heyman. You would think basic spell-checking would be a simple requirement in journalism these days. Only 30 GMs in MLB…you’d think journalists would at least spell their names right.

    Anyway, he claims Dayton has admitted to an 8 to 10 year rebuilding plan in KC. I wonder if he’ll be given that long.

  13. It won’t take that long to undo his mistakes. 7 years, tops.

  14. ‘As for the AJC commenters, I think they are part of a conspiracy designed to show that evolution does not exist.’
    LOL! – I know some here read it….. just for laughs. I avoid it knowing that one of those guys could be the president one day. Ok, maybe not but …..

    @19 – 8 to 10 years! WTF? Are they going to change the name of the team to the Comrades?

  15. I respectfully disagree. I consider journalism a noble profession, and I won’t label someone so bad at his job a “journalist”.

  16. In fairness to Stu, Heyman does have a well deserved rep as a Boras shill.

  17. Oh, sure. I mean, I don’t think he’s a great journalist. (Or even a terribly ethical one, though I live in Washington, where ethics are sacrificed for access on an hourly basis.) But you can’t kick him out of the club for being terrible.

    Although I have no problem if you want to put scare quotes around the word and call him a “journalist.”

  18. Random Question: If you are an MLB.TV premium subscriber, do you still have to pay to download the iPhone/Droid At-Bat App?

  19. Well it’s pissing down here by the stadium with a lot of thunder. Lost power for about an hour, but it’s back on now.

  20. The tarp is off the infield and some of the players are checking out the field. Hopefully the game will be on soon.

  21. Has to be the best backup catcher in baseball, no? Maybe Iannetta/Olivo combo in COL, but at least top 5.

  22. david ross sure is fun to watch throw down to 2nd

    also gotta wonder where he was going down 4-0…

  23. @45, it was our old friend chris burke that he struck out to end it and seal the no-no…

  24. What a great story Prado is. Guy has really nothing much in the minors going on, and at age 24 or so, just blossomed in the big leagues. Maybe there is hope for Melky after all.

  25. Didn’t Prado win the International League batting title in ’07?

    I guess he wasn’t considered a prospect because the things he was good at aren’t the things you can count on to translate to the big leagues.

  26. @50- True. But especially after looking at most of the starting catchers in baseball, I think you can easily make a case for Ross being Wren’s best FA aigning.

  27. Come on…Corky Miller was Wren’s best FA signing. That is fairly obvious.

  28. @56 – I dunno about that, he did hit 316 in AAA at 23, but with a .794 OPS which at the time looked both fluky and not really a harbinger of anything great. Glad I was wrong about that.

  29. I thought Nate was getting out of his slump, but damn, he looked bad that last at bat.

  30. Smoltz made an interesting point about how sinkerballers get better as the season goes on.

  31. I’ve seen about enough of McLouth. How about some Blanco or maybe some Mitch Jones (w/ Melky in CF).

  32. I wouldn’t mind seeing McLouth sent down. The way Cabrera is starting to hit we could survive with him, Hinske and Heyward for a while.

  33. I’m not sure when we’ll see Chipper’s power stroke again but the cut-down single swing is coming around.

  34. I’m not sure McLouth can be sent down but a hangnail that lands him on the DL would accomplish the same thing. It’s almost June and he’s been brutal.

  35. #75 – Taking Johan out of that game was an interesting decision. The Brewers weren’t about to take Gallardo out. 121 pitches.

  36. @75 according to bodley tonights loss is just the beginning of another winning streak

  37. I’m going to give Bobby the benefit of the doubt and assume the rain delay played a large part in taking Lowe out.

    And yes, assuming tonight plays out by the percentages, Derek Lowe will be tied for 2nd in the NL with 7 wins

  38. I just dont see it, why burn the bullpen again?
    This stuff is maddening.
    Here we go, a 6 run lead in the eight and we will use 3 or 4 relievers.

  39. We are going to need a couple new relievers by July 4th.
    Any word on Proctor lately?

  40. Hanrahan was just completely psyched out by a 20 year old. Nice pitch, you douche.

  41. Kill me, kill me.

    A caller on the rain-delay show suggested a trade of Yunel Escobar, Mike Minor, and “somebody else” for Gordon Beckham, Jake Peavy, Andruw Jones, and Paul Konerko. No lie.

  42. LOL

    Next caller, in a low, Southern drawl, “I’m humbled to be in ya’lls presence.” I couldn’t tell you the names of the hosts–but they chuckled.

    He wanted to talk managerial candidates, and his suggestions were TP, Glavine, Smoltzie, and Chipper.

  43. But especially after looking at most of the starting catchers in baseball, I think you can easily make a case for Ross being Wren’s best FA aigning.

    Ross has been terrific, no doubt. But Glaus has quietly been kinda good. We needed a legitimate hitter, and he got one for $1.75 mil — not coincidentally, almost the same amount of money we’re paying Ross for two years.

    Wren has done a fine job, as far as I’m concerned.

  44. Braves win. Finally.

    Heyward is now leading the National League in OPS at .991.

    A 20 year old.

    Leading the entire league in arguably the most important offensive statistic.

    Two months into the season.

    We knew he’d be good, but…. :shock:

  45. According to the four letter, with Ethier’s recent DL stint, he doesn’t qualify. Heyward has the highest OPS of all NL qualifiers. That felt good to type that last sentence, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time I get to.

  46. You have to assume that lowe was pitching some in the cages during the rain delay to stay warm. Taking that into consideration, 87 pitches was probably more like 110-115.

  47. Well Ethier’s got 145 PAs to Heywards 175, so you are probably right. I also agree that at some point over the next couple of years you will be saying that about a full season’s worth of accomplishment for Jason.

  48. Greetings from the Motor City…

    Went to A’s-Tigers tonight. It was Polish-American Night, so you walked into Comerica and they had a polka band playing. Traditional outfits & folk dancing, lotsa fun.

    D-Train Willis, however, was painful, but he somehow managed to give up only 3 runs in 5 IP. He was so wild & had a series of mini-mental meltdowns. I felt sorry for him.

    Sheets was better, but gave up 3 ER himself. Why? He had all kinds of trouble with Miguel Cabrera. In fact, Cabrera hit 3 HRs, something I’d never seen in person.

    Once again, bravo for the MLB iPhone app. If we get 4 in the first, Lowe must be on the mound.

  49. For the record, DOB has now corrected himself on the OPS rankings. Heyward rounds up to a point above Werth. Even if it’s ultimately meaningless, the stat just sounds so damn good. Really rolls of the tongue. It’s just so damn impressive.

  50. I haven’t read through the whole thread so somebody might have listed this, but Redmond pitched a 9 inning no hitter for Gwinnett last night.

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