Sparkly. Sept. 22, Braves at PhilliesMy photoshop (actually, photoshop knockoff) skills aren’t quite up to this, but anyway:
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I don’t really have a man-crush on Melky, though I imagine I could be man-crushed by him if he sat on me or something.
You don’t like the way he shags balls?
You’re not waiting long to hijack a thread are you Dix?
He can’t even make it to first base without huffing and puffing – it’s gross and unattractive. I need more stamina.
Freddie Freeman hit the hell out of that ball last night.
The FJM crew at Deadspin picking on Jeff and a Jeff supporter. It’s hard to read. Like watching a little kid get beat up. But a really stupid kid who wasn’t going to amount to anything anyway.
I do quibble with their characteristic of Francoeur as a “very mediocre baseball player”.
Same as last night
Infante – 4
Heyward – 9
Prado – 5
McCann – 2
Lee – 3
McLouth – 7
Gonzalez – 6
Ankiel – 8
Hanson – 1
Here’s the one we have to win. Being tied for the wild card going into Nats and Marlins series does not sit well with me.
This one is my favorite:
Mr. Francoeur is well-liked among his teammates. Mr. Manuel said Sunday that he wanted to keep playing Mr. Francoeur “as much as possible, bringing those intangibles.”
“Yes, this poison I’m drinking does strip away the membranes protecting my esophagus and dissolve my organs,” said Mr. Manuel, “but it’s got a very pleasant, oaky nose.”
Well, it’s important for a team to have a guy that has such a bright smile that he just lights up the room! That’s probably worth two runs a game.
@11 Keeps everyone’s spirits up when all the inexplicable losing is happening.
At least we have a starter who is one of the 25 best pitchers in the league pitching tonight instead of a rookie fill-in.
Braves and Mets fans finally have something in common: Frenchy bashing.
I’m not buying into all the gloom and doom, not just yet. A nice little run to secure the wild card would probably bring everyone back from the brink. Hanson has pitched well lately, and I think he can give us a good shot tonite. If we get to the WC, I think all bets are off, our Starting three of Hudson/Hanson/Lowe, plus our ability to shorten the game with our bullpen, whose major members (Wagner especially) hasnt been really overworked ( with the exception of last night), we could be strong in a best of 5 series. I refuse to give up on this team, I remember the 80’s!
san diego, just like us, are 5-5 over their last 10 games. colorado is 6-4. if current trends continue, we win the wild card by 1 game.
Oswalt’s career line against the Braves is 0-3 with a 7.58 era.
Keep the faith, Braves fans.
without clinching early and being able to rest someone, how can we lineup our best three starters for the playoffs?
A win tonight and a loss by our closest WC competitors would go a long way towards lifting the gloom.
I hate to think about what losing the WC lead would do to this team.
And why in the hell is Melky in the lineup instead of Diaz?
Sigh. I miss Kelly Johnson and his 22 homeruns. (Btw, if you’re going to say that KJ’s homers were park-influenced, wouldn’t you have to say that about Utley, Howard, etc.?)
Sure wish the UK v. Gaytor game was in Lexington. Just got a feeling … (probably heartburn)
#6, FJM + JFF = win! Thanks for posting that.
Melky isnt in the lineup
looking at our final games, how would you set up the pitching matchups?
22 – Hanson at Philly
23 – off
24 – Huddy @ Wash
25 – Lowe @ Wash
26 – JJ @ Wash
27 – Hanson vs Fla
28 – Beachy/Minor/Lisp vs Fla
29 – Huddy vs Fla
30 – off
1st – Lowe vs Phi
2nd – JJ vs Phi
3rd – Hanson vs Phi
4th – off
6th – playoffs start
that look about right?
DOB tweets that Bobby said the Braves will consider starting Beachy instead of Minor next time. Cox was concerned that Minor recently said he was tired.
Also Prado is playing with a sore groin
FWIW, one NLDS series will start on Oct. 7, the other Oct. 6.
Looking merrily forward, if the Braves make the post-season, their 2 NLDS home games would be Saturday/Sunday, Oct 9-10.
out of respect to the blog, i’ve erased two 2011 roster ideas. i cant help being doom and gloom right now and looking forward to 2011 helps me cope. go braves, i guess.
VU beat Bama,
UF, and Louisville for
Kedren Johnson. w00t.
@24: If you read that last part too fast, it’s hilariously funny.
“Also Prado is playing with a sore groin”
Anything to do with Utley’s wife?
Serious question: Is Conrad in good health? We haven’t seen much of him lately.
Less serious: That’s an approproiate series for the Braves right now- our bats are in eclipse, our pitchers are breaking dawn (er, down), and our season is in its twilight. We’re meyered in mediocrity.
He better stop or he’ll need lasix surgery like BMac, or at least thats what the nuns at my catholic school used to tell me.
Marc, from the last thread: I was honestly not commenting on your point. I agree with it. I was trying to make fun of espn–to suggest that someone there would actually and sincerely say something like “The Braves lack speed, power, and defense. Other than that, they are a perfect team.”
Sorry for the confusion.
All class from the Phils there.
I didn’t know our pitchers could have six-pitch innings! I thought there was a league rule against it or something.
Bold proclamation: the Phillies’ top three pitchers are pretty good.
What in nine levels of hell was McCann swinging at there? That was McLouth like.
You suck Chip.
Oops, that’s incorrect.
The NLDS Games 3 & 4 (in ATL) would be Sunday & Monday, Oct. 10-11.
Sure hope we’re playing.
Time to free Dave Ross?
If runners had to
Steal center, McCann would be
The best in baseball.
Hopefully he doesn’t throw a perfect game against us.
Perfect game jinx post.
No hits for anybody.
End of the double no-no. Now let’s get Martin in.
Getting Martin in
From second would probably
Require a triple.
Nice job Brian. You swung at one at the shoulders, then one at the ankles. How Frenchian of you.
I think to describe Prado making his way to 2nd as “gingerly” would be an understatement.
YES, ESPN switched over to the braves game during a rain delay. how joyous
Probably the best way to pitch Utley
Utley leant into that one. It was barely inside.
Hey, this time it was Joe who jinxed the no-no!
At least it didn’t hit him in the face.
Why the hell would you throw a slider there?
STFD Victorino, you clown.
Great pitch there.
Infante must have just been avoiding the nine-pitch, three-strikeout embarrassment. Honestly, just the word “bunt” makes me clench my teeth of late.
Most pathetic 3-up 3-down inning of the year? Hanson didn’t even get to sit down.
Awful. Hanson needed a breather and didn’t get it.
I wonder how long it’s going to take Omar to realize this bunting for a hit thing isn’t working.
Hanson is tiring. Having trouble finishing guys off.
This is one of those old school, (Smoltz, Maddux, Glavine) then David Justice hit a 2 run homer in the 8th. Type of games
@57, not with the way Oswalt is throwing
The Phillies announcers are such fucking whiners.
Gutsy outing from the Cyborg tonight. Get this man a win.
The ice got thin and cracked a lot, but at least Hanson didn’t get wet. Now, let’s score a run or two. Please?
#63, I know. I keep going to Gameday to check where the pitches actually are.
For the record, the strikeout pitch to Howard was belt high, and almost down the pipe, too good of a strike to be honest.
A rain delay wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen by any stretch.
I agree Nick
Can’t blame the pitching this series.
Hanson at 106 pitches, does Bobby leave him in here or go to Moylan?
Moylan’s really lost some velocity this year. He’s hitting 89 with his fastball.
Please don’t let Moylan face Victorino.
Alright Kimbrel…no pressure.
Bobby replaces Moylan with Kimbrel. Interesting.
Bobby has more faith in Kimbrel than the Farnz.
Kimbrel? Let the first guessing begin…
Bobby pulls Moylan and calls on Kimbrel to pitch to Dobbs
Dobbs sucks. Bobby’s likely figuring that putting in the LHP would mean Manuel would pull him and hit a better RH hitter against the LHP.
The Phillies guys said it would have been Sweeney PHing had Bobby went to the lefty.
See ya, Dobby!
Wow. Good luck with that pitch.
Moylans velocity has dropped since 08, but identical to 09
Joe, it would be really dumb to throw him a slider when he clearly can’t hit the fastball.
He called him out! Damn Prado!
hold on to the freakin ball
Way to choke, Martin.
Slapping the ball out. Jerk move. That’s A-Rod ball.
Our defense is putrid.
Not a bad walk.
ok, Kimbrel. Make it happen.
#89, eh? He slid into 3rd and dislodged it with his legs then body. Clean play.
Venters ready for Utley?
Nice catch, Omar!
great play OMAR!!!
Way to not choke, Omar.
Bobby pulled the right strings.
Nate has to get on base to start the 8th
I think the ball was coming out anyways, but Ruiz still grabbed at Prado’s glove arm. Based on intent, that was a total Fick-head move.
I’d pinch-hit for Ankiel when he comes up.
What’s the nickname for our 7-8 combo?
The AGony and the Hack-stacy?
has anyone hit a ball hard in this series outside of Bmac?
ankiel has more 0-2 counts than Frenchy did
If we can get through this part of their order
@106 freeman hit one pretty well the other night.
He made no effort.
110 – good call
He purposefully moves into the path of the ball. How does he get away with it?
hit him in the back, no chance to get out of the way of it
Hell of a play Lee!
Good pick, DLee.
nice job Lee
now we see why Prado cant play 2nd with that hand
Careful to Werth.
112 – thanks, though I wish I could have come up with a ‘regular’ player.
McLouth overthrew the cutoff man.
McLouth has the arm of a 2 year old.
“God damn it anyway!” — Clark Griswold
McClouth finds a way to kill us one way or another.
I don’t think a perfect throw would have gotten him.
Ummm, Bobby… Go get him
Be nice if Venters’ control hadn’t abandoned him tonight.
Last at bat win?
Still, hit the fucking cutoff man.
This defense is deplorable.
Bummer. And yes, the Braves defense is awful.
At least the Cubs are leading the Giants 2-0.
Not sure Werth is out even with a good throw. He’s not exactly a slug on the basepaths.
This is where we get Lidge. He can’t go three nights in a row without coughing something up.
diaz, conrad or freeman?
People love to complain about Melky as if these other clowns are any better.
praying to the baseball gods because i’m pretty sure that the real god doesnt care if the braves win or not.
I miss Gregor Blanco.
Hasn’t given up an earned run in a save opportunity in nearly a month. Magic eight-ball says: outlook not so good.
this is why having 5 4th OF’rs kills you
omar, that ball bounced.
One chance for Heyward…
be a hero.
Gosh, the Phillies just missed a no-hitter tonight.
Diaz is 2-4 with 2HR’s off of Lidge
that wasnt close to being a strike
How in the hell have we won 86 games?
Prado swings at ball four. Bleh.
So that’s it then.
I hope we get to 90 wins. I’m skeptical at this point.
Appropriately, Prado swings at ball four to end it. Gods, what an awful team this has become.
The Phillies are the beat team in at least the NL. We played then tough, but they are just better. We make small mistakes, they don’t make any and they jump on ours.
IF we play like this the rest of the way, we will be fine.
Prado is done folks, no life in those legs
This is why I’m never optimistic. Baseball sucks.
“That’s all we got, one God-damned hit?”
“IF we play like this the rest of the way, we will be fine.”
With bad defense and no hitting? Probably not. There is no silver lining when you get swept, especially in a series like this one. The Braves should be embarrassed. I sure am.
enjoy that plane ride boys
Rockies leading 4-0 in the 1st with Ubaldo on the mound. I think we can probably write that one off now.
COL up 4-0 in the top of the 1st…we scored that many in the last 3 games
We got one hit by the second best pitcher in the NL. Chill.
Tommy pitched great (again), we have basically no one after the 4 spot that can remotely be considered a threat to get on base. Venters has been trotted out night after night in pressure situations. At least our baby Braves (Jason, Venters, Kimbrel, Freddie all looked good in this series). I desperately want to make the playoffs, but at this juncture I’m not sure why, because I really can’t believe we could win a game with what we try to pass off as a line-up. Before anyone jumps me for being negative, I remember the Pat Rockett, Sugar Bear Blanks, Rod Gilbreath days, yeah, this is loads better, but we just don’t have major league caliber players to put in the line-up at LF and CF. I’m amazed Bobby’s gotten us to 86 wins.
I don’t think we get to 90 wins. Prado playing hurt is killing us, but apparently we have nobody else that can play 3rd and hit 3rd (because that’s where the 3rd baseman has to hit, right Bobby?).
Remember back in the good old days when Hinske played some LF? I guess he’s retired now.