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I don’t believe in the Beatles. I just believe in the Braves.
I believe in both…
what a terrible schedule to open the season, who approved this
You mean the Nats and Pirates? Or do you mean that we play the only “legit” MLB caliber pitcher on the Nationals, and then come home to face the Pirates top two starters?
one game in Wash, one game at home against the Pirates, an off day, then two more home games against the Pirates….why an off day two games in and why just one game in Wash, why not a whole series. Just stupid
Couldn’t agree more. The Braves’ don’t seem to get much scheduling love from whoever makes those schedules. At least we don’t play the AL East or Central this year.
It’s an odd interleague year – we face the AL West and…the Blue Jays. What happened to the supposed rivalries? It’s helpful we don’t play the Sox this year, but I kind of liked those games since we came from Boston.
I’d take the Chi Sox
I predict a blowout from the Bravos today. Then 1-2 runs per game for the rest of the series.
Nats up opn Phils 4-2 in the 6th. Looking for a two game win streak, watch out now….
Is Rick Ankiel good enough to put up a 30HR/100RBI season. Thats what ESPN has him projected as. Its almost too hard to believe
MLB has been doing this for the last couple of years, ie, having a “special” Opening Night game and then having teams go hither and yond. It makes no sense but that’s MLB. The reason for the off-day in the middle of the series, I assume, is to protect in case of bad weather in early April. Since the Pirates only come in once, they want to try to make sure they get all the games in to prevent the situation in which the teams might have to fly in to play on a scheduled off day later.
I think the season starts way too early, which is a function of having three rounds of playoffs and not wanted to cut back on regular season games. At the very least, schedule as many games as possible in warm weather cities for the first week or so. If they would cut back to a 154 game schedule, say, they could start the season at least a little later. Personally, I think the World Series should be over by mid-October because after that it’s really football season. But that would require having to start even earlier.
He might be able to put up a Francoeur in 2006 30/100 season. He’s obviously got some raw power. But they’re going to be pretty empty stats.
Marc, I am with you on the 154 game schedule. If anything, so they could make the division series 7 games. Doesn’t help the opening date, though. They should schedule as many as possible in warm weather and domes, for sure.
For those interested in the “Wes Helms watch” this account think he gets released when Lidge comes off the DL.
Actually, I would rather have Morgan Ensberg, but I don’t think Helms is useless.
If they cut or waive him, doesn’t that mean pick up team pays major league minimum and Phils pay the rest?
Nationals beating the Phillies by three runs now. Who saw this coming?
If you pick a player up on waivers, you’re responsible for his salary. If he clears waivers and is cut, you can pay him the prorated minimum and the original ballclub is stuck with the rest.
The Nats are obviously still on a high from last nights win.
Now it’s tied 6-6. Burger King gave up a two-run homer to Rollins.
(At least the Phillies could score off him)
just wondering but how many people saw the Kevin Love, UCLA, pre game highlights the other night. He hit a shot from half court, then hit a shot from the other free throw line, then hit a shot from the opposite baseline. He only took two steps and took a normal shot motion, full court, and nothing but net. One of the mot impressive things I’ve ever seen
BC Treehouse Fort, a one-hour sports podcast at BlogTalkRadio that I appeared on a couple weeks ago, has asked me to be a weekly guest. I’ll be on for the last fifteen minutes of the show every Monday, talking about baseball and giving as much love for the Braves as I can. It’ll be on at 8 PM tonight, and I’ll be there starting around 8:40. Come check me out!
Who doesn’t believe in the Beatles? Thats like not believing in water.
Gnats up 9-6 in 9th
The reason we’re not playing the RedSox this year is that Buddy Carlyle threatened to disembowel himself on the mound if we did.
You mean commit sepuku on the mound?
Lyrics from the John Lennon song “God”:
“I don’t believe in Beatles I just believe in me”
Of course, I was quoting Ferris Bueller.
Nationals beat the Phillies by a final score of 11-6.
Marlins losing to the Mets 6-2. At least Santana has given up two runs in five innings…right?
To continue a couple comments from the last thread: Alex R hopes that KJ & Escobar pick it up tonight (& in general, I’m sure). I definitely echo that sentiment – I have both of them in my fantasy league (along w/ McCann), so I’ll be doubly-sad if they struggle much. I generally try to avoid Braves players, but really like all 3 of those guys (as far as being good, young players). And I definitely take the over on Francoeur seeing over/under 5 pitches tonight. He seemed impatient last night, but it was not one of those nights where he swung at literally everything. I think he does have a good chance of recognizing pitches better & getting more selective. He will always be an aggressive hitter, but I think he is doing a good job at least trying to avoid getting himself out all the time (and recognizes it’s not a good idea to swing at pitches in the LH batter’s box)…
Fukudome just became my favorite player who is not a Brave
kj escargot chipper tex mccann frenchy kotsay diaz
lefty righty lefty lefty lefty righty lefty righty
Good ole Bobby
It’s an odd interleague year – we face the AL West and…the Blue Jays. What happened to the supposed rivalries?
I’ve posted this before, but this is Expos fallout. The Jays were the Expos rivals (naturally) but when the Expos became the Nats they picked up the Orioles as rivals. This left Philly rival-less, so they share Boston and Toronto with us although it looks like we get Boston most years. Who knows.
Interleague play sucks.
Remember that Tex is a switch-hitter, csg.
Jorge Sosa strikes out Willingham to end the Marlins’ 8th. How long will it take Sosa to remember that he sucks this year?
Anyone else having problems with mlb.tv? I missed Glavine’ debut. I am ticked off.
#35 – yeah so is Chipper
What pisses me off even more about this schedulin thing is that the Braves are only being shown tonight on Peachtree TV. Glavine’s return to ATL cant even get put on TBS, FSS, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, or SportsSouth. This is obsurd
Bruce Springsteen said that there were 57 channels and nothing on. He was wrong- there are more like *557* channels and there’s still nothing on.
Anyone else having problems with mlb.tv? I missed Glavine’ debut. I am ticked off.
I seem to be blacked out of every game today. Does ESPN have exclusive rights to opening day? Or is MLB.TV messing with me again? Gameday Audio works just fine.
How about Javy? That nicely summed up the entrire franchise. Class, all class
Dunno, but a lot of people on the mlb.tv forums are having problems. It keeps telling me I am logged in from two computers.
Welcome back Tom
I have to admit seeing him in the uniform gave me goosebumps.
didnt watch any of his spring training starts
Low and away. Great start.
The game’s on CSS if you have that.
Got it working Lando. There is Nate McLouth leading off.
Walks McLouth. Welcome back.
Peachtree TV has a *very* Turner South feel to it. Maybe Rick & Bubba and Junkin’ will come back on.
McLouth has been thrown out by a catcher now. Go B-mac!
These are the Pirates I guess.
Yeah, and those were the nats. Let’s get ’em and get this thing rolling.
Have the Pirates ever been to Boston in the fall?
The Pirates announcers said it’s ok that McLouth got picked off on a ball in the dirt because early in the game you’ve got to take some chances.
I’m going to go ahead and disagree.
My friends satellite service is running a free preview of the MLB channels so if you have those you might be able to catch it there, as well.
Robert, it’s been 16 years since those announcers saw a winning Pirates team. You can’t watch that much losing without going slightly batty.
I have something called braves alternate channel for free on directtv.. lucky me i guess
Roy Oswalt comparison? Except Snell sucks. And always has.
Yeah Desert. I think it’s 613 or something on DirecTV. Since DirecTV doesn’t carry Peachtree TV (or CSS), they’ve set up an alternate feed that I think is only showing the game feed from Peachtree TV, but none of their other crappy programming.
is it me or does that peachtree tv ‘foxbox’ really suck? I think it’s the randomly placed dots.
First of many, many tomahawk chops
Looks like Adam forgot his Ritalin again.
C’mon Mac, I thought that was actually a nice play.
Beat me to the punch Mac.
..and I like the score on top; wish the outs were a tad bolder.
Fulton County Bombers- are they going to carry all of the Peachtree TV games this year?
Ian Snell “sucks”? I’d take him on the Braves’ team.
Oh, and I know it’s not really relevant, but the Pirates played the future Red Sox in the first World Series.
Except Snell sucks. And always has.
Ian Snell’s not Roy Oswalt-esque. He’s a good #3 for most clubs.
Who’s announcing? sounds familiar…
He’s no Oswalt, but he’s a good #2 for most clubs, a great #3 for any club.
I like the score on top too, but I can pretty much identify whether or not we’re in the top or bottom of an inning in 2 seconds. The whole graphic is just too busy.
i’ll never forget or forgive la roach for the baserunning display against Houston in the playoffs.
Anybody watching on MLB.TV Premium? Is it just me or when you click to watch it in FullScreen you only get a square that covers about 60% of the screen. I know this wasn’t normal last year or during spring training.
Chip Caray and Joe Simpson announcing..
Over/under on Chip Caray “fisted” calls: 6.
gawd joe west are you kidding me+???`?
“i’ll never forget or forgive la roach for the baserunning display against Houston in the playoffs.”
But he hit a grand slam in that game. Blame Farnsworth, not LaRoche.
Cory, yes same here and it’s very annoying.
Lots of people complaining about it.
LaRoche (vs Houston in playoffs) and vs Natspos in the regular season where he walked back to first after fielding a ball, runner (Johnson?) beat him to the bag were both equally horrible.
Andruw would have thrown on target.
That ball narrowly missed johnson. And not Kelly.
Please stop say “seed” Chip. Good Lord. I wish I could figure out how to get the Pirates announcers back. MLB.TV hates me today.
Does Glavine look as bad as Gameday is making him out to be?
Too many line drives. He always threw too many pitches.
Not bad Stu.. just methodical. Little dribbler that Johnson had to come in on and turn, tough play results in the E4 and a 1-0 lead.
Glavine looks fine. Joe West looks bad. KJ too.
Average innings pitched/game this year for Glavine: 5.2?
Light showers here in south Fulton County; nothing to delay the game, just a little nasty rain in mid to low 50’s weather. Should be at the Ted shortly.
Is that five and two-thirds or five and two-tenths?
Never mind that, it’s just a tiny shower now that I look on radar.
Five and 2/3. I just don’t see him as a 6 (or more) inning guy. Hope I’m wrong, but we need a quality long-reliever to shine.
The know-how-question is still here from tbs… is the Aflac duck coming, too?
I’m not sure I’m up for another 162 of Francouer. Did that hit in front of the plate or just on top of it.
well, at least kotsay hit a ball hard..
OK, I take the dog out and we give up a run. Apparently I must see every pitch.
A lead would be nice sometime this season..
The curse of Peter King: He has Yunel Escobar 4th in the MVP balloting. Maybe the 4th most valuable Brave…
Paging Glenn Hubbard.
And that’s two boots for KJ…
You know what? The hell with Joe West. There’s no excuse for a umpire looking more like he wants to fight than the player he’s disagreeing with. What a freaking jerk.
What a breaking ball on strike three to end the frame – mercy!
Wow, nice curve ball. Even Joe West couldn’t ignore that one.
Roy Oswalt wouldn’t have done that.
Maybe Glavine can jumpstart the offense.
Tom Glavine would have made it to third, ten years ago.
Escobar is looking very Rentaria-like.
“A lead would be nice sometime this season..”
Ask and you shall recieve.
Yeah baby! Yutility comes through!
Hey, a lead! Glavine for leadoff!
Renteria would have stopped at second.
Renteria definitely would have stopped at second.
Escobar > Renteria.
Was watching Fox 5 before the game and Escobar was asked how he gaines 15 pounds in the offseason.
“My family is here,” through a translator.. and then Yunel started talking about all the Cuban foods they cook better than he does. Classic.
IS Glavine looking better or worse than his line states?
3IP 4H 0ER 1BB 3K’s – on paper it looks good
Martin Prado in for Kelly at second. Wow, hope KJ’s alright..
seaver, spahn, johnson?
Martin Prado at second? Kelly hurt? Cox angry at the errors?
It’s Prado time, baby!
I’m watching on Gameday (Darn you TBS!), and it seems like Glavine is ridulously wild. Is this true or are the pitches just mapped wrong?
csg, I can’t say whether he looks better or worse than the numbers. All I can say is he looks like Glavine.
definitely not wild
KJ hurt i think
Scott Spiezio has just signed a minor league contract with Braves.
looks like he’s hitting the corners on yahoo game tracker but a lot of them are called balls. who knows, 0ER is hard to complain about
well now he actually seems to be struggling a bit
Glavine has thrown 38 balls and 39 strikes. How is this not wild? Is he just missing his spots by a little, is the ump bad?
He’s gotten squeezed a couple of times, but if the opposing team doesn’t bite, that’s a normal ratio for Glavine. Yes, it can be infuriating, but that’s the deal.
Andruw wouldn’t have done that.
Andruw would have…?
first three innings were a lot of very close calls with at least in my biased eyes a number of them being obv strikes and joe west being ridiculous
What’s the word on KJ?
He’s on my fantasy team!
Juuust missed one yesterday not today!
McCain’s ball brought rain.
Speizio. Ehh. Hope his drug problems are behind him..
Frenchy with a walk! In March no less!
francouer walk meter reaches 1.
Bobby says: “See Ball 4 Frenchy!” (or something like that), and he walks. Now there is some coaching.
..a hustling center fielder!
Yay, Kotsay managed to not hit into a DP!
There is some reason Diaz hits 8th, behind Kotsay. I assume it’s Picture-related.
Snell on the other hand is pretty wild right now
btw, Andruw with 1 GIDP today.
its the lefty/righty obsession Brian
What a lame hit
“Fisted” count: 1.
What kind of reception did the crowd give Glavine? Did anyone see? I can’t. Sigh. Am in negotiations now with the wife for mlb cable package if we have it. AAAARRRRRGH!
Oh well quality time with my kids….right?
It looks like we’re getting 5 league avg innings out of Glavine today. Who’s rotation slot did he take?
Chuck James, the official starter of five league-average innings.
i’d say 1 EARNED run over 5 is better than league average….
Johnny, Huge applause. Roarous.
alright I’ll give it to you blake. 1 ER is better than what Chucky would have given us.
The Braves play here
If he continues to post WHIPs of 1.80, the number of earned runs will increase dramatically.
Still, hard to complain about his handywork thus far tonight. I say he goes at least one more inning.
Chip just found a way to talk about the non-existent new Marlins stadium during a Pirates/Braves game.
completely agree Stu, no worries there…
Yunel’s Cartel. Could be worse.
Why is Kelly starting?
It’s the lefty-righty matchup obsession. The worst violation of this was Mike Remlinger, a left handed pitcher who was better against right handers in his career.
Left handers hit .260/.334/.395 against Remlinger and right handers hit .231/.329/.385 against Remlinger in his career.
Despite that, Cox seemed to use him as some kind of left handed specialist, at least in 2006.
I’d like to add one to the list for old times sake:
Funny. Perplexing, but funny.
#157 Thanks. Anything on KJ?
Escobar’s cartel, that’s real cute.
what on earth was Yunel doing there? Good thing he got back. Now make em pay Tex
Chip Caray’s screaming is much worse than anything Tim McCarver or Joe Morgan has done in their broadcasting careers.
Nice to see that chip is still going to take inordinate pleasure in seeing the home side get robbed.
By the way, to avoid confusion, I am the artist formerly known as Wryn. Name change with the move to Atlanta.
“Great movie!!”… and Chip Caray’s asking if he’s got the right one
Just got in and checked the score. Why did KJ get taken out?
Graphic of the year: Hampton: 5-3 (2005)
braves14, After a sliding try on a grounder, might have tweaked a knee that’s been bugging him. Stayed in the game, scored a run in the bottom of the frame, then left. No big deal.
He was an effective 5-3 though
I miss the old Skip and Joe/Pete and Don combos.
#177 – undisclosed injury. I think I heard someone mention sore knee after he scored from first on Escobar’s triple
I miss everyone except Don Sutton.
Mike, you are not alone.
Chris Resop still sucks.
so what’s the reason MLB.TV is not carrying this game?
(sorry if I’ve missed the answer above)
“Jeff Johnson, aka JJ..”
Thanks Chip Caray, aka CC.
If you live in Braves territory, they block out the game even if you can’t get it on TV.
Noisy out… but when McCann starts hitting the ball that hard, look out. He does go on tears.
I’m in Louisiana. They say it’s blacked out here. Can’t figure out why.
Weird. I guess you’ve been able to get the games in the past. I don’t know if they expanded the territory or what.
Big at bat here
@193 Your ISP is probably routed from a blackout area in MS.
Is it just me or does Francoeur seems noticeably slower in the field thus far.
GETS HIS MANNNNN
Moylan in. 4-3, 7th inning, 1 out, runner on 3rd.
Could he have scored?
Groundout, runner doesn’t score. 2 out
By the way, until you’ve seen Jason Bay play the outfield in person, you haven’t lived.
I’ll be going to two games on May 10th and 11th to learn a thing or two.
Dunno, Kyle. I’m following by Gameday.
Escobar error, game tied. I hate the Braves.
Error on Escobar’s throw
can’t figure it, but at least I don’t have to listen to Chip Carey and be tempted to cut my ears off.
Thorman would have had it.
Two runs in on two fielding errors.
Same as last night. Someone needs to tell this team to wake the F%%^&& up or we’ll look up in a few weeks and be 10 games out.
Is Moylan this year’s Kali?
Ring in to pitch to LaRoche. 4th pitcher of the inning.
If Ohman is the LOOGY
What is Ring?
Are our pitchers capable of pitching to more than two batters?
Quote of the last three years:
“…and the Braves bullpen could not hold the lead…”
Laroche out on a pitch 3 feet outside. Don’t miss that.
LETHARGIC. By the way, way to turn out Atlantans. Huge crowd tonight. Pfft.
Bobby tried to send a bit of a message by taking out Kelly but they didn’t get the memo.
Wake the fuq up, guys and quit going through the motions.
LaRoche K’s. Inning over.
Gameday is reporting Kelly Johnson left due to an “injured knee.” How specific.
Speaking of Kali…
Moylan’s arm will fall off by July….Andruw says count it
First man off the bench: Gregor Blanco. OOOOH, Bobby.
Jeff Johnson era: (March 31, 2008 – ..)
My guess: May 10, 2008.
Watch Kali take us 1-2-3
yeah I would have just really hated to see Glavine on TV tonight in his first home game, would really hate to see something like that. I guess TBS would rather show reruns of Friends and ESPN would rather show the 1991 rerun of the world series of poker or something to that effect
I was at that game last year – a similar ending would be nice.
I feel a two run bomb coming.
has Diaz hit a ball out of the infield in these two games?
Or a strikeout.
They must have left the bats in Orlando.
I didn’t get to catch the game earlier. It says Kotsay gunned someone at the plate. What kinda play was it (base hit, sac fly, etc.)?
Rob, Solid single – Kotsay got the guy (running from 2nd) by 6 feet.
This is kind of like a, ‘meet your 2008 bullpen’ night. They should give away rubbery noodles as the promo.
Just kill me.
Seriously. Come on.
What’s worse, being shut down by Ray King, or Yates?
Well, that sucked.
I walk in the door. Yunel throws the ball away & then this. I should go back to the airport.
Shades of ’06 with this bullpen.
Sweet merciful crap.
Typical Braves. Ho hum, consummate professionals, never high never low. We’ll get ’em tomorrow.
No spark, whatsoever.
Is our best shot at this point another passed ball?
I welcome all of you to our 2008 bullpen, brace yourselves and come along for a fun-filled ride
The sad thing is, I think the bullpen will be quite good after a bit.
No kidding, Chief. And that worked fine when the rest of the division sucked.
Manny sucks, Manny sucks….
Hypothetically, if the Braves were to tie this up…who is left in the bullpen if this goes into extras?
Do we know what happened to KJ?
We have a lot of guys who are apparently only allowed to pitch to one batter.
“Injured knee” is all we know. Probably just a tweak.
Bennett, Boyer, and Soriano.
The old 45 footer.
This will probably turn out to be the big inning.
Tweaked ACL on his left leg, most likely, considering the play he was injured on
I had really hoped that we wouldn’t see Blanco, Prado, Acosta, Ohman, Ring, et al playing decisive roles in a close game.
Wait, or was it his right that was under him on the slide?
Yep, shades of ’06.
urlhix, he was going towards first I think, so that would make it his right side.
Great job, all around. G’night.
ah screw it.
Well that was dramatic.
That’s the end of the Acosta experiment.
Acosta on anyone’s fantasy team?
Congratulations, Manny Acosta! You’re now officially the new Chris Reitsma.
I think Bobby probably should have yanked Acosta a little bit earlier.
Sometimes you can just tell. This team won’t sniff a division title.
And yes its early, but more holes than Swiss cheese.
wtf is Acosta doing? Kali pitches an uneventful shutout inning and Acosta gives up two HRs, including one to Nate McWho?
I guess we’re living in backwards world….
There goes my confidence in Acosta for at least two months.
Do they realize this is not spring training anymore
The Braves are really silencing the critics who picked the Mets or Phillies to win the NL East this year.
If Chris Reitsma was the new Dan Kolb, by the transitive properties of Reitsma, Acosta is the new Kolb.
Gotta feel good to be Yates tonight. Blow away Chipper, get the win, and watch the guy you were cut for stink up the joint.
I never understand why Bobby outcoaches himself by limiting the batters certain pitchers face (LOOGY or not) and leaving others out there until the vultures swoop in.
Hey, look, it’s the poor man’s Erin Andrews.
anyone else wondering right about now if the wrong reliever was traded to the Pirates?
#279 – agreed.
Okay, back to work. See everyone next time.
160 to go.
freakin throw strikes!
I’m wondering why CSS is now showing something about Memphis instead of the game, and why our bullpen and bench still suck.
Whatever. Weird crap with Acosta and Moylan blowing games on HRs here; those are our two least HR-prone pitchers on the staff. Add in three throwing errors in two games… So whatever.
The hitting was better tonight, and Glavine was fine.
But man, hellofa way to start the year.
Just arrived home – this is really depressing. And the Mets won. Yuck.
In fairness, we’ve played 2 really tough teams these first two games. When we get to a softer part of our schedule, I’m sure our hitters will start hitting, our fielders will start fielding, and our relievers will start relieving.
*4 throwing errors.
No!, chipper didn’t need to hurry. Not that it matters.
defense looks like a remake of the bad news bears … sheesh
Mets come to town this weekend, so I expect nothing less than a sweep. Of course then we’ll get back to losing to last-place teams again.
Well, CSS has cut away from the game. Probably a good idea.
Ohman really is a natural LOOGY; he can’t get righthanders. And righthanded sidearmers generally struggle with lefties. But using your two most established relievers (other than your closer) there hurt.
Bill James would say that Soriano should have started the eighth, and certainly should have come in with one out and two on and the Pirates about to break it open.
Stu, the players just haven’t gotten used to the field yet.
I apologize in advance to all the Christians on the board, because I’m thinking some murderously blasphemous thoughts at the moment, and it’s getting harder and harder for me to keep them to myself.
Thank allah we don’t play the Red Sox, what would it be, Oh, 20-2?
Bill James would probably add something about how Pete Rose didn’t bet on baseball, O.J. didn’t kill his wife, and Mark McGwire didn’t use steroids.
I’m sorry, I love the guy. But he takes skepticism — and not reading anything by anyone else — a bit far.
pitching will come around, but i am worried about the defense. francoeur looks slow, tex cant scoop, kj cant catch, chipper and escobar can’t throw. also, i bet we had to be close to leading the league in errors in the spring.
not really impressed yet with Francoeu
FWIW, James is on record as saying that OJ did it, and him getting off was Ito’s fault.
I dont think the pitching needs to come around, it’s been fine. Starting pitching I mean. The defense really is a shock to me
should we change the pool from when will Hampton fall apart to when will we win a game. At least the starters have done their job. The rest of the players should have just stayed in DC
what’s up with Frenchy’s arm? Seems like people are challenging him . . . and winning this year. Haven’t seen him tonight but wasn’t encouraged by last night.
Jeff Bennett: hit, wild pitch.
less than stellar is quiet the understatement
2 hits. Someone wave the white flag.
Well, no Braves on the tube up here in NC, so I suppose I shouldcount my lucky stars that I *only* wasted time watching the Lady Tar Heels yak one up against LSU.
I believe two things. Saltalamacchia will be a bust and Francoeur will never be more than he is.
By the way, can we stop pitching BP, yet?
His arm is fine, you have to remember, they’re going to beat him more often than not.
Manny Acosta is sporting an impressive 54.00 era at the moment
We will be fine guys. We have a great team, just give us a bit of time to gel. Didn’t Philly start off 0-8 last year and win the division. I’ve seen worse.
Pirates throwing this line at us
0 1 0 1 0 1 1 4 1 and still going
Joshua, it remains to be seen if we have a “great” team. The starters and lineup 2-6 should be fine, but many good teams have been undone by a bad bullpen/defense.
wtf…why did bobby let acosta sit out there and blow the game?
lets go 0-45 and then storm back to win the division while simultaneously silencing our critics.
Teixeira’s defense is overrated. I was never impressed last year either.
B/c…his legs were tired from using guys for one batter 2 innings ago.
Cox is sitting there thinking – “I’m too old for this sh**”
Why doesn’t duplicate posting stop that?
You know if Cox had taken Acosta out and someone else put the runs in you guys would be saying, “Why doesn’t Bobby just leave him out there and see if he can work his way out of a jam? He’ll never learn if he doesn’t get a chance.”
Sorry for the dup post guys…
319, funny, I’m sitting here thinking the same thing.
OR, we’d be thinking ‘why didn’t we sign some decent bullpen guys?’
anybody complaining about that day off now?
congrats to Darrin Horn, coach at Western Kentucky, who is going to take the same position at South Carolina
bad news for Cubbies, Zambrano left with forearm pain the 5th today
Well, as we all know, God has three letters; Ito has three letters. Can’t be a coincidence.
FYI – In NC (Greensboro/Asheboro area) Time Warner is showing the Peachtree TV feed on a normally blank channel. Its channel 590 on our digital package. If you look on the on-screen menu, the channel title is Brave. Unfortunately – for tonight anyway – I’ve been able to watch the entire game.
Watch out, it’s GOTAY TIME!
Zambrano left in the seventh, and it’s seemingly an injury to the index finger of his pitching hand.
(Clearly, he’s on my fantasy team.)
Glavine was not getting that pitch that they just called Diaz out on.
And to answer someone’s question earlier, I have both Acosta and Xavier Nady on my team as well…
#329 – sorry just posting what ESPN ticker was just saying
Does anyone here subscribe to the MLB’s Game Day audio? I was wondering which radio feeds it sends out. If I subscribe to it, will I be able to listen to the Braves radio feed all the time?
Like I tried to post earlier, but for some reason it didn’t go through:
“Watch the Braves load the bases and hit into a double play now.”
J0e West is not a Braves fan. He’s a poor man’s Angel Hernandez.
if gamecast is close to being accurate this ump is real bad
‘Rissa, I’m on MLB Game Day audio, and WGST has been available the whole time for me, but I didn’t do it last year, so I couldn’t tell you any more.
Come on, Yunel!
Gotay and Kotsay’s names look very similar.
The Pirates have forgotten how to throw strikes suddenly.
Teixeira for walkoff homerun.
Walking the bases loaded then walking in a run isn’t the best way to start a season. Who is this Matt Capps guy, and why is he still pitching? I’ll take it!
No way, csg. This pitcher’s not even close. Wonder how we missed signing him.
Might as well win it now. C’mon, Tex…
Pete just pointed out that one of the Pirates’ announcers is Steve Blass, though he doesn’t travel with the team, so he doesn’t have to watch the Bucs closer’s Blass disease.
11 balls, 4 strikes for Matt Capps.
He could be our 7th-inning guy, should the Pirates release him.
McCann’s been hitting the ball hard all night.
Teixiera’s slump continues. It’s up to McCann.
HOLY F***ING SH**!!!!
Oh. My. God.
I love this game!!!!!!!!!!!
what in the world?
Good thing we’re playing the Pirates.
lots of credit to Chipper for hustle, running it out, etc.
That’s the Pirates in a nutshell.
Let’s go, Frenchy!
Well, at least Pittsburgh has the Penguins and the Steelers.
This inning is so crazy, Francoeur just took the first pitch.
Not to nitpick, but Tex, Francoeur and McCann all weakly popped up that inning.
Frank, you are absolutely right. How many guys run that out?
The Bad News Bucs.
wow wow wow wow wow
They are going to have to bring in Hampton to finish this game.
If there’s a Pirates Journal on the web, its posters must be going ape sh!t
Did Joe Simpson realize that the ball didn’t end up 20 feet in front of Bay but about 5-10 feet to the left of him?
And then call up James to pitch for Hampton
I guess Soriano comes on to pitch the 10th.
Chipper was booking it on that play. He deserves MAD props for running that hard on what was presumably an easy out.
Who is managing the Pirates? Do they not have any more relievers that is shocking!
Okay, now let’s win this in the 10th. PUHLEESE!
earth to jason bay, earth to Jason Bay …
Brian McCann: also on my fantasy team! :D
#369, Pirates Journal. I love it. Soriano just gave up a double. Mercy.
Lucky that one didn’t get outta here.
Baseball Gods did their job, now we’ve gotta do ours.
Intentional walk to get to Nady, who’s 3-3? Don’t like that.
kelly misses that catch, but andruw would have caught the ricochet
What the heck happened?!?!?! I go away, the Pirates score 5 runs. I go away again, and the Braves score 5 runs! Nice!
He just needed to warm up. ^_^
Let’s steal this thing. That would be quite a lift.
Out of the jam.
Sorry you missed that Rob. It was pretty dang awesome.
one good thing about this half inning: there’s no way our bullpen can lose it for us.
So seriously, if the braves don’t get a runner on base, Soriano will probably hit, but if they do and don’t score, who pitches?
Ok I just found out some guy named John Russell is managing the Pirates. Its going to be a short stint if he keeps leaving his relievers in that long. That was brutal, but nice for the Braves.
Guys, I’m about to break down and pay for some sort of internet TV thing like MLBTV. I heard that ESPN 360 does baseball games, and you can get a deal if you’re a Verizon Wireless customer. Anyone know anything about that?
Also, I’m going to say right now that if there are two outs when the pitchers’ spot is due, pinch hit Miller and let him try to belt one.
Boyer, forgot about that guy
Boyer’s still in the ‘pen. It’ll be interesting to see how far he can go…
Franquelis Osoria? That’s not a pitcher, it’s a bad wine.
boyer….miller and pena is all that’s left….look for mike hampton to make an appearance tonight if the game goes a few more innings.
“Kotsay…he’s got some pop.” -Chip
We still have Pena on the bench, so we got that going for us. Which is nice.
Nice start, Mark K…
Big question approaching: does Soriano know how to bunt?
Well, Chip, thanks for telling us about the Coke he was drinking in the dugout…
And Kotsay walks. We either win in this inning or die of shame.
diaz is due
I found a pirates chat site honestwagner.blogspot.com.
At 10:22 one poster wrote something about the buc bullpen being fun to watch this year. Heh, heh–that didn’t last long.
diaz looks awkward even when he bunts.
… Diaz really shouldn’t be bunting here. He’s the best hitter of the next 3.
Kotsay really silenced his critics with that walk…
I don’t think Andruw would have walked there.
It turned out like a bunt.
Big knock here from Pena, and we’re saved.
gotta walk the hitter here.
Booby Cox strikes again. Though a hit and run wouldn’t have been out of the question, but bunting with Diaz com’on we all know that’s not a good thing.
Double play, inning over.
Boy, this is one poorly played game.
Shiver me timbers! :-(
Baseball gods back to the Pirates side, from what I hear. (can’t see the game)
Andruw wouldn’t have…nevermind.
after that play, Kotsay’s critics might regain their voice–at least he’s not as boneheaded as Bay
Rob, just make sure you stay in the room for the next 10 minutes or so OK?
Andruw would have been too slow to get too far off second…
The way this is going it will be a morning recap for Mac.
I have to go to bed now. Recap in the morning.
how was that poorly played? line drive, runner looking to be aggressive and bites. that’s not poorly played.
The thinking behind having Diaz bunt probably has something to do with the fact he hasn’t hit one out of the infield yet this year.
Best comment from Honestwagner:
“Thank god 15 losing seasons makes this tolerable—barely” Chot | 03.31.08 – 11:11 pm
I really hate Kotsay
I’m not going to be very happy if my fantasy team has to absorb Matt Capps’ outing and I have to absorb a Braves loss.
BTW, in 2 games, our starters have gone 12 innings, and Bobby has managed to get all 8 relievers work, including two appearances each by our top 2 set-up men.
jurrjens warming up….hmmm…interesting.
Whatever. As long as Boyer doesn’t absolutely suck, we’ll get the top of the order up with a good shot at getting a run.
This has been one of the worst Joe West games I’ve ever seen – normally he’s great
Maybe if our bench wasn’t Prado, Blanco and Pena…
It’s a nice surprise to give up on a game in the bottom of the eigth at 7pm and discover an hour later that you’re still in it.
Don’t forget Corky Miller!
Bobby loves his bullpen switch-a-roo-ing. So all we have left is Boyer and the starters. Yikes. But as was said, we have the top of the order up. However, it’s Prado instead of KJ.
Lunatic96, where are you at?
Boyer looking solid so far.
and jesus, now you guys are looking for complaints. prado, blanco and pena are good bench players considering the shit we’ve been carrying.
diaz is just an absurdly awkward, yet great player.
all 4 of his pitches look like strikes on gamecast 3 were called balls
Apparently Blaine’s throwing 96 mph. And Diaz, making John Dewan’s plus/minus proud, with a nice sliding catch.
Not pinch hitting is a good move here for the Pirates; Luis Rivas (their only bench guy left) probably isn’t much better than their pitcher.
Boyer hitting 97.
Oh wait, it was the other team’s pitcher. Oh well, got the job done.
there’s the energy we’ve been looking for (blaine boyer fist pump after a perfect 11th).
is this on TV? or even worth watching?
Yes, compared to Harris, Thorman, Woodward and Orr, they’re hall-of-famers. But that doesn’t make them “great”, it makes them less-sucky.
Prado, Escobar, and Chipper due.
Prado, first pitch out. Thanks.
mmmmmm…..the meat of the lineup.
That’s because Blaine Boyer is a Great American.
True, Diaz usually manages to get the job done even though he looks clumsy while doing it.
Ryan, Prado’s good compared to Woodward, but not against actual major-league players.
Everybody’s getting to play. Maybe spring training’s not over, after all…
please keep me updated, gamecast is way behind
So this game is still going? I guess I forgot it was the Pirates.
C’mon Chipper, let’s end it.
Guys, no worries: I’m pretty sure Blaine has at least 15 perfect innings in him tonight.
Chipper Jones, Walk-off. Count it.
Escobar and Chipper quickly gone, inning over. What happened to being patient?! That half-inning took about :30.
Well that sucked.
Chipper popped out, going to the 12th, Boyer out for his 2nd inning.
Where’s Joey Devine when you need him?
I wonder how many Boyer can go – he used to be a starter.
Jason Bay’s 0-6 tonight. Nice.
I think he got fairly stretched down during the spring.
Jason Bay’s a Great Canadian.
“Fisted” count: 2.
0-6 and a dropped popup. I could do that.
Boyer looks like he’s lost a few pounds.
tex is 0-5
And–say it with me–Bay’s on my fantasy team.
McLouth is killing us.
HonestWagner has resorted to discussing whether Osoria has 6 fingers.
This is the weirdest strike zone in the history of baseball.
I’m in san diego rob cope
In what percentage of fantasy leagues where Nate McLouth is currently a FA will he be added to someone’s roster in the next 24 hours? 100?
Boyer might be done. 2 on for Laroche.
Boyer at 26 pitches, now is the time Bobby
The Pirates have no offense, really…they have to bat LaRoche cleanup and Xavier Nady 5th.
but 16 scrappy hits against our pitching isnt that bad either
32 pitches and counting
Our bullpen sucks.
I hate you Xavier Nady…
Good to see the guys in mid-season form…
Bullpen implosion — just like ’06.
Losing games that go deep into extras — just like ’07.
Bad signs both. Off we go on another up-and-down season.
Nady owes Frank Wren part of next year’s raise.
At least Jurrjens won’t have to pitch tonight.
Well, at least the game’s over.
Bullpen: 10 runs tonight. Midseason form, guys. Way to send a message to the rest of the division, esp since every one of our starters maxes out at 5 innings. Going to be a long year.
well there goes that
Well, I have Nady on my fantasy team…
This just in for the 100th time tonight–I really dislike Chip Carey and his obsession for “the little things…”
Man, this feels like last year. Fall behind, battle back, offense totally turns it off in extras, lose.
Yeah, I think I’m gonna quit too.
Xavier Nady is unAmerican….
It seems like all we did was upgrade the rotation, which is fine, but when they only go 6 every night, the bullpen and bench become just as important, and we’re seriously lacking in both areas. What good do 6 scoreless innings from a starter do when you cant score or keep them from scoring in the 7th, 8th, and 9th?
You have to be kidding me. The bullpen stinks
hit it to jason bay
I’d second-guess Bobby tonight, but I think tonight’s game was more like the Mitchell report. It’s everyone’s fault. Personally, I blame Tim McCarver.
Hit it to Bay!
our 2008 bullpen thus far: 11 runs in 8.2 innings pitched.
I blame Joe Morgan.
Probably not a good sign when your team gets “much-needed rest” with 160 games to go.
It’s been a long spring.
Frenchy! We need more of those when it matters.
Now just two more of those…
Francoeur hits a meaningless homer with 2 outs.
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.
Wouldn’t have been meaningless had Tex and McCann gotten on base.
Kotsay doubles. Corky to hit.
brad, our bench and bullpen are both upgraded. we are 2 games into the freakin’ season. step off the ledge. your points hold no water when the sample size is less than 2%.
It’s not as funny as it would be if Boyer hadn’t screwed the pooch, but here’s the latest from HonestWagener:
Bonds would have caught that fly ball to left to end the game against the Braves.
God hates the Atlanta Braves.
Hahaha. I really want to see Corky Miller come up with a chance to win it….
could’ve fooled me and the other 527 posts tonight.
Kotsay’s not sucking so far I think. Radio tends to make me forget what players have done earlier in the night.
He probably wouldn’t have hit it if they had.
here comes mike hampton, i hope.
It’s up to Abraham.
This team will be the death of us yet.
Diaz singles. 2 men on for Corky.
a careeer .197 hitter at the plate folks.
I dreamed all offseason of the day we’d need a HR down 1 in the 9th and Corky Miller popped out of the dugout.
I’m gonna stay up for another 1/2 hour just to make sure this one is over.
I like these honestwagner guys.
I think this game constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
Oh, Kotsay scored on that, my bad…another one run loss in the works?
Well that was anti-climactic.
I know what it really means, but I keep seeing “Honest Wagner”.
OK, *now* it can’t get any worse.
If the Braves weren’t carrying three catchers, who would have been left to hit?
Goonight everyone. At least that nightmare game is over.
Two losses in two games…
never mind…thought it meant something else. Braves bullpen + Jager = bad combo.
@ 549: Thorman.
Hey, what’s our record in 1-run games this season?
We can at least take solace in the fact that our pythagorean record isn’t nearly as bad as our actual record.
At least we know our offense does work
They just wanted to score 2 runs to make it a 1 run game – just to ensure that we once again have one of the worst 1 one game records in the bigs
I think we can say in all fairness that we didn’t deserve to win this one.
Well, it will take until the ASB for these guys to attempt to get the ERA down to a respectable level.
I agree, AAR. The hope was a gift…
Oh, we definitely did not deserve to win that. We had like, what, one real hit in that 5-run 9th? I think the Frenchy/Kotsay/Diaz mini-rally in the 12th was the most offense we had after the 4th.
I only really regret Cox bunting Diaz in the 10th and the craptacular offensive show in the 11th. Oh, and it sucked that we got murdered by Xavier Nady.
Let’s take the next two and nip that right in the bud.
They should have gotten Javy out of his street clothes to pinch hit for Corky in the 12th. This team may drive me to drink more than I normally do if these two games are an indication.
oh, but it gets better…due to our scheduling we have a well needed day off. Two games into the season and we need a break
I know there’s a new R.E.M. album coming out today (Tuesday), so I think “Everybody Hurts” is the clear choice for Wednesday’s Game Thread.
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