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05 Apr

Opening game thread: April 5, Braves at Mets

Ick, Mets.

I’ll be traveling today, so the recap may be late and new posters may have approval of their posts delayed. Everyone behave themselves.

136 Responses to “Opening game thread: April 5, Braves at Mets”

  1. 1
    Mike N. Says:

    I am excited.

  2. 2
    Kevin Lee Says:

    Go Braves!

  3. 3
    ububba Says:

    Ah, it’s a great day…

  4. 4
    Seat Painter Says:

    Let’s get off to a good start.

    Hanson goes 7, striking out 8, walking 2, giving up 2 runs.

    Heyward homers for the third straight year on his first plate appearance.

    McCann and Uggla also homer.

    Freeman 3-4, with 2 driven in.

    Oh, and Wren trades Livan Hernandez to anyone for anything.

  5. 5
    Bob Ventimiglia Says:

    Excited for the new season, havent posted much in the past but followed this blog for a solid three seasons now. hoping to get more active now that im armed with a decent smartphone and….

    from NJ so im lookin to get to a few games this weekend.

    Good luck all, lets make it a great one.

  6. 6
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    “It is a hard thing to live haunted by the ghost of an untrue dream; to see the wide vision of empire fade into real ashes and dirt; to feel the pang of the conquered, and yet know that with all the Bad that fell on one black day, something was vanquished that deserved to live, something killed that in justice had not dared to die; to know that with the Right that triumphed, triumphed something of Wrong, something sordid and mean, something less than the broadest and best. All this is bitter hard; and many a man and city and people have found in it excuse for sulking, and brooding, and listless waiting. 3
    Such are not men of the sturdier make; they of Atlanta turned resolutely toward the future; and that future held aloft vistas of purple and gold:—Atlanta, Queen of the cotton kingdom; Atlanta, Gateway to the Land of the Sun; Atlanta, the new Lachesis, spinner of web and woof for the world. So the city crowned her hundred hills with factories, and stored her shops with cunning handiwork, and stretched long iron ways to greet the busy Mercury in his coming. And the Nation talked of her striving.”

  7. 7
    Andrew b Says:

    And so it begins again.

    I’m on the LIRR right now about 10min from citi field the only braves fan in a sea of blue and orange…

  8. 8
    Bob Ventimiglia Says:

    @7 I’ll be there Saturday at least…. To my surprise, braves fans usually have a decent showing. I’ve seen a few dozen there before

  9. 9
    Bethany Says:

    I will miss the first several innings because I have a conference call with Firestone Tires at 1 >_<

  10. 10
    sansho1 Says:

    Let’s do this.

  11. 11
    Stephen in the UAE Says:

    Go Braves!! Finally, we are back to baseball….

  12. 12
    sdp Says:

    Annnnnnnnd Diaz is batting ahead of Heyward.


  13. 13
    Sam Hutcheson Says:


    Matt Diaz vs Johann Santana, career:

    .500/.515/.688 (1.203)

    And so it begins.

  14. 14
    spike Says:

    I am going to the Earl for some day drinking to celebrate the return of our national pastime.

  15. 15
    stupup74 Says:

    1.203 vs. Santana….maybe Diaz can be useful, opening day is here, hope abounds.

    I for one am not going to worry about where Heyward is hitting early on. If he hits, he will move up. If he hits/walks like he is capable, he will end up in the 2 hole.

    Since it is opening day, my hope extends to Fredi making good decisions.

  16. 16
    Jeff K Says:

    Ahhhhh … baseball. The world is right again.

  17. 17
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    I am going to the Earl for some day drinking to celebrate the return of our national pastime.

    I am considering Ormesby’s in this regard.

  18. 18
    PaulV Says:

    We reserve the right to be upset if we lose to Los Mets

  19. 19
    Bob Ventimiglia Says:

    Love the boos for the mets training staff. Ironically they cheer the massage therapist, who HAPPENS to be a three foot tall Asian dude. Racists…..

  20. 20
    RJ in KS Says:

    Go Braves!
    If it wasn’t drizzling here, I would have thrown a couple of brats on the grill and have an ice-cold Coke to celebrate the start of a brand-new, clean-state season.

  21. 21
    Johnny Says:

    Lets Go Braves!

  22. 22
    RJ in KS Says:

    Does anyone know how to email/get in touch with the actual offices at Turner Field? Friends of mine here in KS took a tour and brought me one of the cups with the whole season schedule on it and I was hoping the fine folks in Atlanta would send another one.

  23. 23
    urlhix Says:

    Go Braves!

  24. 24
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    And we’re…delayed.

    Way to screw it up out of the gate, Mets.

  25. 25
    ryan c Says:

    I do not like Tommy Hanson in the 80’s.

  26. 26
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @25, To be fair, he was only three or four in the 80s.

  27. 27
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Santana looks sharp.

    And that MLB The Show commercial is a very sad but effective commercial.

  28. 28
    RJ in KS Says:

    Jason had to chase after the 2-0 pitch, which was below his knees at about the shin was called a strike. Not a bad AB at all.

  29. 29
    sansho1 Says:

    Hanson still shows the ball in his delivery, but his front shoulder doesn’t seem to be flying open as much.

  30. 30
    sansho1 Says:

    The Pastor, fielding 1.000!

  31. 31
    ryan c Says:

    If Uggla and McCann had a child, it would look like Pastornicky.

  32. 32
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Is anyone else streaming MLB.TV through the XBox for the first time? It’s kinda surreal, though the picture quality isn’t the best…not sure if that’s due to the bright day or technical issues.

  33. 33
    Ethan Says:


  34. 34
    Bethany Says:

    Way to go Tommy!!!!

  35. 35
    RJ in KS Says:

    Big break there as Freeman never touched him.

  36. 36
    RJ in KS Says:

    Rob, do you have to pay to access the ‘net through your Xbox on top of the MLB.TV charges?

  37. 37
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @36, You have to have an XBox Gold membership, which I have anyway for gaming.

  38. 38
    Dan Says:

    If Uggla and McCann had a child, it would look like Pastornicky.

    If only home run power was hereditary.

  39. 39
    csg Says:

    Santana looks sharp or the Braves look the same?

  40. 40
    csg Says:

    MRSA said Hanson could throw up to 115 pitches today.

  41. 41
    jjschiller Says:

    Speaking of looking like Brian McCann.. am I alone in thinking Duda looks a lot like him?

  42. 42
    Seat Painter Says:

    Just got back from lunch and snuck into the Break Room to peek in on the tube. Saw McCann and Uggla flailing hopelessly at Santana in the 4th.

    NOT the start I wanted for this year. So, after two ABs (which I think is a good enough sample size for this conclusion):


  43. 43
    ububba Says:

    Way to work him, Tyler.

  44. 44
    Seat Painter Says:

    The first DOOOOOOMED of the regular season.

    Just glad to get that out of the way.

  45. 45
    jjschiller Says:

    God for Rev, there. Flips the lineup.

  46. 46
    Bethany Says:

    Come on Bourne!!!!!!!!!

    Oh god, I just had a realization. Fredi is going to call for a suicide squeeze.

  47. 47
    jjschiller Says:


  48. 48
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    Bourn needs to make him pay for that.

  49. 49
    Bethany Says:


  50. 50
    ububba Says:

    Only good thing about that inning: Santana’s at 84 pitches now. He won’t be around long.

  51. 51
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Well damn.

  52. 52
    Grst Says:

    @32 I’m streaming it through my PS3 for the first time, and it’s great. Picture quality is superb, no stuttering.

  53. 53
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    I thought the ringing double to the gap and the two walks from the bottom of the order were good things, too.

  54. 54
    ububba Says:

    Gotta score, Sam.

  55. 55
    Dan Says:

    A double, two free passes and no runs. Braves baseball is back.

  56. 56
    Stu Says:

    Wonder what it’d take to get Bay and most of his contract paid for. He’s not real popular in NY.

  57. 57
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says: is blocking me, of course. Apparently Somerville, Massachusetts is in the viewing area for either the Mets or the Braves.

    Apparently this team still sucks at hitting.

  58. 58
    ububba Says:

    Bay is about 3 more lousy weeks away from being platooned or benched. In ST, he had zero HRs & zero RBI, hitting around .150.

  59. 59
    sansho1 Says:

    Yes, a less foolish team would have arranged to hit the double after the two walks….

  60. 60
    jjschiller Says:

    Following on my phone.. Is Santana standing on deck?

  61. 61
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @52, No stuttering for me either, but the picture looks really saturated. I think it might just be the fact it’s a very bright day. I remember the SNY HD looking funny when I lived in NY so I’m not concerned.

    @57, It may not be worth it to you, but there’s a VPN service called Hide My Ass (HMA) which could help you get around your blackout problems. It’s something like $11 a month or $70 for a year. The proxies are secure and very fast.

  62. 62
    JoeyT Says:

    It looks like no runs so far in any of the games being played today. Weird. Someone call Torchwood.

  63. 63
    Bethany Says:

    @57 I’m getting really tired of the blackout bullcrap. I can put my IP address and zip code into their tolls and it will tell me the only teams I can’t see are the red sox, but it never works out that way.

  64. 64
    urlhix Says:

    That curve is really working for Tommy today.

  65. 65
    RJ in KS Says:

    If you’re close to a TV, the MLB Extra Innings package is a free preview right now.

  66. 66
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    Gotta score, Sam.

    Yes. But for a board replete with fans of OBP uber alles, I’d think we might note that a couple of walks are good things. Yes, it would have been nice if Bourn had taken the walk or snuck one through, but he didn’t.

    Time to go get the bullpen.

  67. 67
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    I might have PH for Diaz there.

  68. 68
    JoeyT Says:

    I’m kind of surprised Diaz is staying in against a righty. I thought they’d use Hinske or something.

  69. 69
    Stu Says:

    Why was Diaz left in to hit against the righty?

  70. 70
    JoeyT Says:

    As much as delay is annoying, it’s kind of funny to post something happening in the present, then have it show up immediately after a post referring to the same event in the past.

  71. 71
    JoeyT Says:

    The win probability chart for this game is very boring.

  72. 72
    jjschiller Says:

    Nah, two men in scoring position, two out, 6th inning, tie game… Not high leverage enough to use your best bench bat. Gotta save him for the 8th, so he can hit for the pitcher w 2 out and none on.

  73. 73
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Fredi still doesn’t understand the concept of a “high-leverage situation.” Like birds chirping nearby and flowers blooming in my backyard, this is another reassuring sign that Opening Day is here.

  74. 74
    Dan Says:

    The win probability chart for this game is very boring.

    Now it’s exciting.

  75. 75
    John R. Says:

    I hate the Mets.

    Hey, wasn’t Tommy supposed to be streamlining his delivery so he wasn’t showing the ball as much? Don’t see any evidence that that has happened.

  76. 76
    Stu Says:

    Fire Fredi.

  77. 77
    ryan c Says:

    Now Fredi is just messing with us. Seriously?

  78. 78
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    It’s hard supporting a team whose manager has the brain power of a broccoli stem.

  79. 79
    Tom Says:

    Let’s face it: we suck.

  80. 80
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Diaz has such good numbers against Santana. It’s not unreasonable to expect him to do well against the guy that replaces Santana, right?

  81. 81
    ryan c Says:

    To Tom,
    Shut it.
    Braves Journal Bloggers

  82. 82
    ububba Says:

    Way to go, Tyler.

  83. 83
    John R. Says:

    T-Pas! Your National League leader in triples!!!

  84. 84
    urlhix Says:

    Way to go Rev!

  85. 85
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Wow, apparently my delay is terrible. Tyler isn’t even up yet…

  86. 86
    Dan Says:

    Pastornicky slugging about 1.500 now.

  87. 87
    RobBroad4th Says:

    First Mets injury? I love that team.

  88. 88
    Stu Says:

    Ross should pinch-hit, here. Yes, I know there’s no chance it’ll happen.

  89. 89
    Tom Says:

    ryan, congratulations for being elected to represent the “Braves Journal Bloggers”. You certainly got my vote.

  90. 90
    Ryan c Says:


  91. 91
    JoeyT Says:

    Constanza is possibly the last non-pitcher on the team I would want in this situation.

  92. 92
    Ethan Says:

    Guys. Diaz had just doubled…that means he’s “hot”. Plus, he’s a “scrappy gamer”. I’m sure Fredo had a “good” feeling. Sometimes you’ve got to trust your “instincts”/”gut”.

  93. 93
    jjschiller Says:

    Tom’s right. We suck.

  94. 94
    Dan Says:

    A runner on third with less than two outs didn’t score. I’ve never seen that before.

  95. 95
    sdp Says:

    That’s our Braves.

  96. 96
    JoeyT Says:

    Man on third and one out? Let’s send the worst hitter on the team to the plate as a pinch hitter. Awesome.

  97. 97
    Stu Says:

    We are seven innings in, and I’ve already had my fill of Frediot for the season.

  98. 98
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    The best part of the MLB Extra Innings preview — and this game itself — is the music played over the “We’ll be right back” graphic. It’s a porn groove.

  99. 99
    ryan c Says:

    Good thing Wren and Fredi decided to choose Constanza over the switch hitting Sutton for the 25-man. The last 2-3 roster spots have been piss-poorly chosen for years for our Braves.

  100. 100
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    The difference between watching the Braves hit and watching grass grow is that eventually the grass gets somewhere.

  101. 101
    sdp Says:

    A gift from Phil Cuzzi there.

  102. 102
    Bethany Says:

    Well, the umps are trying to keep us in the game.

  103. 103
    Matt from MN Says:

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…Huh??? What??? The “Bravo’s” still can’t hit?? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  104. 104
    John R. Says:

    Sometimes you’ve got to trust your “instincts”/”gut”.

    If you’ve got a gut, you gotta use it. Fredi’s got a gut. He uses it.

    Damn, that ghost tag of second by T-Pas is about the most egregious I’ve ever seen called out.

  105. 105
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    So only now I’m seeing the call on the phantom tag. Well, that’s pretty ridiculous. Nice of them to give us a bad call, I’m sure that I’ll be complaining about something else soon enough. Especially with officiating like that.

  106. 106
    csg Says:

    Give the manager a chance to keep useless players on the roster and he sure will find a way to use them.

  107. 107
    sansho1 Says:

    Terrific work by Medlen.

  108. 108
    Stu Says:

    As always.

    I think Medlen is my favorite player.

  109. 109
    Bethany Says:

    I can’t blame this all on Fredi. Bourne has had two opportunities and couldn’t get it done.

  110. 110
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Mikie really burned you with that trade demand, huh, Stu?

  111. 111
    stupup74 Says:

    Why did we keep Costanza on this roster? Sutton, Pamarraz, Buehler, anybody other than JC.

    this team needs a RH OF for situation just like this today. Why Wreniot, and Frediot don’t get that, I will never understand.

  112. 112
    Stu Says:

    Not at all. (And what demand?) I root hardest for Minor, for obvious reasons, but Medlen is my favorite player to watch.

  113. 113
    stupup74 Says:

    Now the umpire is squeezing Venters. Great opening day so far.

    Edit: then Venters makes Duda look stupid. Nice.

  114. 114
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I may be misremembering, but I think Minor grabbed Frank Wren by the jowls, brought out a pair of rusty scissors and told him that if he didn’t guarantee him a starting position then he’d better trade him to a playoff contender, “or else.” Then he cut off Frank’s necktie.

    That’s what DOB reported, right?

  115. 115
    ububba Says:

    Freddie, PH, Heyward. Now’s the time, fellas…

  116. 116
    Dusty Says:

    Is it too early to call for the hitting coach’s job yet?

  117. 117
    Bethany Says:


    Come on Jason.

  118. 118
    ububba Says:

    Well, that felt all too familiar…

  119. 119
    Dan Says:

    Season over!

  120. 120
    urlhix Says:


  121. 121
    John R. Says:

    So we’re on a 19-inning scoreless streak, going back to last season.

    Ah well, I love my Braves!

  122. 122
    Brian J. Says:

    And will a run be scored at some point thia year?

  123. 123
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Pitiful first game.

  124. 124
    csg Says:

    Imagine how good some of our pitchers could be with a good team behind them.

    #116 – Hitting coaches not just yet. Manager …… please

  125. 125
    jjschiller Says:

    Good thing we had Hinske available to bat with no one on in the 9th… Would have been a shame to use him with two on in the sixth.

  126. 126
    stupup74 Says:

    This one will leave a bad taste in the mouth for a couple of days.

    Funny, it is similar to the taste in my mouth dating back to last September.

  127. 127
    Adam R Says:


    I’m keeping a log of Fredi’s dumb game-changing decisions. I feel terrible that this wasn’t started in the offseason.

    Particularly if our pitching regresses, we can’t continue with a weak offense and a braindead manager. It’s clear which is the easier problem to fix of the two.

  128. 128
    mikemc Says:

    Hinske does look like he’s carrying about 10 extra kilos.

  129. 129
    Seat Painter Says:


    I refer you back to post #42.


    Adam, if you’re keeping a log of Fredi’s dumb decisions, you’re going to kill an awful lot of electrons.

    Anyway, Hanson had a bad inning, Medlen looked tough, Venters put in his usual appearance, and the Braves get shut out, leaving a metric crap-ton of runner on in the latter half of the game.

    Picking up where we left off I see.

  130. 130
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    As an interesting moment of self reflection, I invite everyone to consider their reaction to Jose Constanza, who recorded a single out in this game, to Eric Hinske, who recorded a single out in this game, to Jason Heyward, who recorded 4 outs in this game.

  131. 131
    D.N. Nation Says:

    Note to self:

    1) Pick up pitchers off waivers who have a start against the Braves coming up.
    2) Win fantasy baseball.
    3) Wake up next to Kate Upton.

  132. 132
    Ethan Says:

    Let’s see…Tommy barely breaking 90 mph on the 4 seam, the Frediot returning with a vengeance, Uggla with a error, no discernable offense…and we’re off!

  133. 133
    urlhix Says:

    I didn’t see Heyward throw his bat at the pitcher. I’m sure the “OMG IF HE HOMERS IN HIS FIRST AB IT’S THE GREATEST THING EVAR” narrative didn’t help. But yeah, it wasn’t his best day.

    /Edit: We’ll get ’em tomorrow. Oh wait…

  134. 134
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    In the interests of full disclosure, I am very annoyed by the fact that Jason has sucked offensively for something like a year and a half straight.

  135. 135
    csg Says:

    “It was the first time since 1996 that Atlanta fielded a lineup on Opening Day without Chipper Jones, and the Braves were punchless at the plate. Coming off a near-record collapse last September that cost the team a playoff spot, Atlanta managed only four hits.” – Thanks ESPN

  136. 136
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Recap is up. It’s pretty sloppy but I’m on a bad connection, I’ll maybe revise in the morning.

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