Game Thread: Sept. 9, Braves at Natspos

Today’s fun Mets fact: Only 33 times has a New York Met hit .300 or better in a season when qualifying for the batting title.

Bonus Mets fact: Some of the Mets who have hit .300 include Mackey Sasser (who forgot how to throw to second base), Lenny Randle (who once beat up his 50-year-old manager) and Eddie Kranepool (the franchise all-time leader in career hits).

140 thoughts on “Game Thread: Sept. 9, Braves at Natspos”

  1. I’m going to the game tonight. Look for me and my wife in section 209, row 2, about 15 rows behind the Braves dugout on the lower level. Go Braves!

  2. I get the damn Red Sox vs Yankees on the Extra Sucky Pissant Network. Man that makes me madder than hell. Sorry for the cussing but I’m just saying…….

  3. Have fun, Kyle, those are nice seats. I was in similar seats except on the opposite side in May (we lost 5-4).

    Like the expanded acronym, Johnny.

  4. Mixed bag tonight:

    Furcal, SS
    Giles, 2B
    Jones, 3B
    Jones, CF
    LaRoche, 1B
    Francoeur, RF
    Estrada, C
    Langerhans, LF
    Ramirez, P

    Good job by Bobby using the three good defensive outfielders in a big ballpark with HoRam pitching.

  5. They might technically be 2-4 in this ballpark, but under normal baseball rules, not the Robinson “away HRs don’t count” rules, they’re 3-3.

  6. If HR pitches a no-hitter, and the only run is a guy who should have popped out foul and scored on like 8 errors, I’d actually laugh.

  7. Conclusion: The sample size isn’t enough to say anything, except that the fact the sample size is four games means LaRoche plays far, far too much.

  8. The Nats have out there about the most feeble lineup that I can imagine a major-league club fielding. Only Guillen is having a season that can be described as even modestly successful.

  9. Nick Johnson walks a TON. Getting on base 40% of the time while still having decent power (especially in that park) is a pretty good year.

  10. Marcus shouldn’t be mad at himself.

    He’s the best hitter (for average) on the team. He should be mad at Bobby.

  11. The Nats have their roster built correctly, strong pitching to go with the huge RFK, they just need a little bit better offense to be a very good team.

  12. Checking in again from Spain & I couldnīt have picked a better time.

    Andruw has the magic wand working. All his homers seem to be big ones. Apache!

    Off to the nightlife & go Bravos!

  13. urlhix, I was able to draft Andruw as my THIRD outfielder on all my fantasy baseball team. Boy, what a bargain!!!

  14. If the Braves really want the Padres instead of the Astros, it might come down to fielding a B team that last series with the Marlins.

  15. I know Bobby really wants Horacio to qualify for this victory, but innings like this, and the lack of mental toughness they indicate, terrify me. Is Davies at least warming up?

  16. urlhix, all my teams have great offense as you can imagine, but leading a pitching staff with Schmidt and Sheets isn’t a good idea this year.

  17. kc, I got real lucky and was able to get Santana (my first pick), Jake Peavey, K-rod and Izzy. Everyone was too busy getting all of the Sox and Yanks players and there were some gems available in the middle rounds.

  18. I think it’s sad that we all know the narrative of the game. The score stays the same until the bottom of the 8th where Kolb loads the bases. McBride isn’t able to completely bail him out, making it a one run game. Then Farnsworth gets the four out save.

  19. I always hear the TBS guys talking about how Bobby builds his bullpen from the 9th inning backwards. He gets his closer, then figures out his 8th inning guys, then 7th, and so on.

    But it seems more and more like Bobby is using Boyer first, then hoping that some magical bridge will appear to get from him to Farnsworth. Foster’s part of that bridge, but that leaves a lot of magic yet to happen.

  20. If Bobby is really to let Boyer pitching the sixth inning, it must mean Reitsma is ready to pitch tonight…we will see…

    urlhix, you have a great pitching staff, but I tend not to pick a starting pitcher on my first pick. Hey, let’s play in the same league next year!

  21. kc, I wasn’t really planning on it, but I got put real low in the draft order and there he was, so I just went with it. This is the first year in many that I’ve been around my computer regularly enough to join a league and it’s been real fun. We should totally have a league for all the folks that hang around this site. That would be a blast!

  22. Phillies are mauling the Marlins, and Clemens is getting roughed up by Milwaukee–he went out with something last start; if it lingers and he’s ineffective, the Astros become much less scary.

  23. Mac,

    I’m sure you saw the trackback, but Deadspin.com did an entry on The Road From Bristol today. I wrote them yesterday to nominate Braves Journal as the best Braves blog and mentioned the tourney, as well, and I guess they hate Stu too. It was cool to see you mentioned as “intrepid”.

  24. Thanks. I actually emailed him this morning, too. (About Braves Journal, when they get around to linking Braves sites — they appear to be working their way up.) The title of my email was “Shameless linkwhoring”…

  25. Heh. I’m hoping it turns out to be a good site. Most of those Gawker Media sites are, even if you aren’t into what they are covering.

  26. Naw, I think it’s what’s drew mentioned earlier. Boyer’s the first out. Then … uh … we need a guy who can go multiple innings. Davies, YOU’RE UP!

  27. Actually, Majewski I know, because he looks like he belongs behind the keyboards in a weekend-warrior prog-rock band.

    But the Braves let teams stick around too long by not extending leads in the 6th-8th innings, and that’s quite the danger with our middle relief.

  28. It’s driving me crazy. Good middle relievers, bad middle relievers, swingmen, starters pressed into service, infielders moonlighting, doesn’t matter. They all own us.

  29. I don’t want to think that we just put it on cruise control when we get a lead but it sure seems that way sometimes.

  30. Farnsworth needs to come in NOW. This is a far more critical situation than starting an inning with no runners.

    Man, they NEED TO LEARN TO SAVE BOYER.

  31. This is just chaos, is this Bobby’s plan of using the bullpen after an off-day?! I never find using the bullpen as one of Bobby’s strength…

  32. Farnsworth needs to come in NOW.

    Absolutely. If Kolb blows it again, I don’t know what I’m going to do. Definitely lose all faith that Bobby will ever make a good in-game decision.

  33. So, we have two relievers. Boyer, who pitches the sixth, and Farnsworth, who is the closer if we have a big enough lead that the guys who pitch the seventh and eighth can’t blow it.

    Well, at least the Marlins are losing.

  34. Hopefully, this will finally provoke the kind of hard questions that need to be asked before October. Hopefully, they sit down and restructure the bullpen after today. Because if that’s what happens, then it’s worth losing this game. Otherwise, this is going to be a very brief postseason.

  35. This is absolutely lack of plan by Bobby. Using Kolb in this situation is basically hopeless. I don’t agree with using Farnsworth now, the point is Boyer should be saved for the eighth.

  36. I still think Reitsma, when healthy, is a good option. I’d like to see Boyer-Farnsworth at the end, but Reitsma’s a solid middle option.

    And how about we see some more Lerew and Devine before the playoffs start? McBride hardly gets any work, either.

  37. I just tuned in, and I’m sorry I did. Why can’t Bobby and Leo see that Kolb is not getting the job done? Are they waiting for him to fall on his sword or something?

  38. Reitsma would be a good pitcher. The trouble is that he has no confidence in himself right now, and he’s a very mentally shaky pitcher, not to mention a reliever with zero stamina, not a good combination. Our best chance would be to trade him for someone ugly but effective, like Joe Borowski or Gary Majewski.

  39. Bobby just had an off-day to setup his bullpen, and that his hall of fame way of juggling pieces in the bullpen and showed absolutely no plan whatsoever, make me sick to my stomach. Davies pitching the seventh and the eighth?! Why not sixth and seventh with Boyer pitching the eighth?!

    I don’t even hate Brower and Kolb anymore, and the fault is on Bobby for using them in any kind of meaningful situation.

  40. JoeyT, I think they are shutting down Devine for the rest of this season. I heard he hurt his leg or something…

    Tonight is the situation when I thought trying out Hampton is not a bad idea…

  41. Speaking of which, Dan Kolb is a [expletive]-ing AWFUL pitcher. He should be taken into the street and shot like a horse. Bobby Cox’s in-game managing abilities, especially in managing his bullpen, are worse than a blind deaf mute.
    Phew! Glad I got that off my chest.

  42. Another Alex, I think just being fired will be good enough.

    He does NOT need to be taking up a roster spot, though. He’s just bad. Put him on batting practice duty for the rest of the year.

  43. Oops misspell .He has bad controll.Mac,Whenever I make some mistakes I feel inconvenient at this point.

  44. Oh, I guess we could just fire the guy. But somehow it would feel anticlimactic, after everything he’s done.

  45. off topic:
    It’s top secret! kkk!!!
    It is difficult to learn a minority language. Never think about it. Even though I can speak & read some languages, Nothing to guarantee it.

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