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22 Jun

Braves 8, Mariners 3 (not that close)

ESPN – Mariners vs. Braves – Box Score – June 22, 2008

So, that’s what we’re paying (well, Liberty Media is paying) Mark Teixeira for. Teixeira was 3-4 with all three hits home runs, one of them actually righthanded, driving in four runs.

Tim Hudson was great (I guess not all of the American League has “figured him out”). He was a bit wild in the first few innings, but settled down after that. He went seven, allowing just four hits. He only struck out two and walked four, but was getting lots of ground balls. After the third, he was in complete control.

Teixeira opened the scoring with a solo homer in the second. He then led off the fourth with another homer, followed by one from McCann, and Blanco singled home Brandon Jones. Gotay hit a two-run single in the fifth, and Teixeira capped it with a two-run homer in the seventh.

Ohman pitched the eighth without incident, and then Bobby, for some unknown reason, had Gonzalez pitch the ninth. He didn’t do very well, allowing three runs. It wasn’t entirely his fault, but he did allow a two-run homer (I thought on a pretty good pitch). I don’t get the Ichiro Suzuki thing — he didn’t look like even a decent player in the last two games. He was 0-5, but scored the last run of the game after reaching on an error.

Jeff Francoeur, who sucks, had a “scheduled off-day”. It is not entirely a coincidence that the absence of the Out Machine coincided with an eight-run outburst. He did pinch-hit, and of course struck out with two men on, because he sucks. Chipper and Escobar did have the whole day off this time, though Escobar wanted to play. McCann didn’t get any rest; you’d think they would at least have had the Hamster catch the ninth.

110 Responses to “Braves 8, Mariners 3 (not that close)”

  1. 1
    Smitty Says:

    Going to the 9th in Philly. The halos left the bases loaded, Frenchy style.

  2. 2
    Smitty Says:

    ANGELS WIN!!!

  3. 3
    Dan Says:

    4.0 GB of first.

  4. 4
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Yeah, but the Marlins are up there too, and could be in a tie with a win.

  5. 5
    braves14 Says:

    4.0 GB and 1.0 under .500. Apparently the Phillies and Marlins have returned to Earth with the rest of the East.

  6. 6
    Parish Says:

    Amazing that we’re 4 games back after the sweep by Philly and the schedule following.

    I am not sure whether that is a blessing or a curse in disguise.

  7. 7
    ricflair Says:

    You guys think Fresno State will win tonight?
    I live about an hour north of Fresno. Bull dogs vs Bulldogs?

  8. 8
    braves14 Says:

    Every time we’ve gotten this close this year it has been just a tease. It’s hard to get too excited when it’s quite possible a losing streak will begin in our next series.

  9. 9
    Joshua Says:

    Also consider what we are doing with 4 bench players in our starting lineups. I think it is amazing we are even this close. We have been hit HARD with injuries this year. If we can get everyone healthy – we just might make a run at it.

  10. 10
    oldtimer? Says:

    Hope this is Tex’s coming out party, that could do wonders for our team.
    Why Gonzales? Giving the other guys a day off maybe?

  11. 11
    Godot Says:

    Carlyle is thw new Stockman?

    No point paying attention to division races till we atleast get to a game over 500.
    Given we are running into a red-hot Milwaukee team, I am less than optimistic.

  12. 12
    ububba Says:

    The division race? It’s nice that we’re within striking distance, but count me among those who won’t get too excited until we have some sustained run of +.500 ball.

    But, it is true that this team, challenged as it is, hasn’t quit. The win last night was proof of that.

    Helluva effort from Huddy today. Nice to finally break that bad IL streak.

    The Joys of Cable
    Sometimes having the MLB Extra Innings package is a real treat. In the A’s-Marlins game (A’s up 5-1 in the 5th), the Oakland TV broadcast has ex-pitcher Vida Blue as a special guest & his stories are entertaining as hell.

    He told the story of how his owner—legendary cheapskate Charlie Finley—refused to give him a substantial raise after his MVP/Cy Young season of 1971. Instead, he got a Cadillac with a 24-gallon tank and an Exxon credit card. (Remember, this was before free agency.)

    Vida was so pissed about it that every time he went to the station with his own car, he’d fill up half the neighborhood’s cars with gas, too. Finley finally found out & put a stop to it, but he said he filled up plenty of family station wagons in West Oakland in 1972.

  13. 13
    lunatic96 Says:

    carlyle is the emergency starting pitcher, he’s only around as a last resort

  14. 14
    Marc Schneider Says:

    I think this game proves that Teixera is really the key to the rest of the season. You can say what you want (mostly bad) about Frenchy-he is what he is. But the Braves are a different team when Tex hits. If he gets hot in the second half, they might be able to do something. If not, they won’t. And he especially has to start hitting lefties at least some.

  15. 15
    csg Says:

    HA HA HA, this Francouer thing is getting better every day. Here’s the reason why he thinks he got the day off…

    “I just needed a day, I’ve gotten hit so much,” Francoeur said

  16. 16
    Mac Thomason Says:

    As opposed to hitting so much.

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    Remy Says:

    Who knows? Maybe Tex hits better knowing that he doesn’t have to pick up the guy behind him?

    Two ninth-inning rallies to win in one week is a good sign.

  18. 18
    Another Alex R. Says:

    Okay, it’s officially time for Braves Journal to resurrect Brian McCann’s official first nickname: Pimpbot 16.

    By the way, in response to Basil from the last thread:
    Between innings late in the game last night, they played Sussudio on the loudspeakers at Turner Field. And then we won the game. Is there anything the music of Phil Collins can’t do?

    There’s just one thing the music of Phil Collins can’t do: not suck.

  19. 19
    ububba Says:

    I’ll put up with Mr. Musical Mediocrity all year long if it means we’ll win.

    And it would be awesome if Tex became the bashing beast of last year. Lord knows we need him now.

  20. 20
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I’ll go with Pimpbot 16, gladly. Really, just don’t call him “Mac”, because there’s enough confusion in my life already.

    Since Francoeur is incredibly popular and all, I think that the Braves should take advantage and name a club after him. I was thinking “The 98 Club”, after his lifetime OPS+. Or “Club .301″, after this season’s on-base percentage. Or even “Studio 45″ after his lifetime stolen base percentage. The possibilities are endless, if always quite low.

  21. 21
    Remy Says:

    I’m not able to attend home games or watch them on TV, but have Francouer’s Franks disappeared?

  22. 22
    Brian J. Says:

    To paraphrase Public Enemy, Jeff’s 98 was 87 on the record, yo, so now he goes suck-o.

    He’s no doubt hoping that he gets an arbitrator who knows nothing about baseball so he can get more of Liberty Media’s money.

  23. 23
    Parish Says:

    It is quite likely that Schafer, Hernandez, and Heyward will all be better major leaguers than Francoeur in a couple of years. I would project, though, that Frenchy’s trade value will go the way of Marcus Giles’ towards the end of arbitration.

  24. 24
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Schafer might be a better player than Francoeur now. It would not be hard.

  25. 25
    Dan Says:

    Any chance, any realistic chance, the Braves non-tender Francoeur?

  26. 26
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Schafer (that’s the spelling, Thomason, remember it!) by the way, has weird numbers. He’s hitting .241 and has struck out almost a third of the time (24 in 79 AB) but he’s walking (.368 OBP) and hitting for power (.468). I choose to believe that he’ll get the strikeouts under control…

    Jordan Schafer Statistics (Minor Leagues) – Baseball-Reference.com

  27. 27
    Parish Says:

    As much as I resent Francoeur’s poor play, I believe it would be a mistake to non-tender him, at least in the next year.

    I am guessing he gets $1.5M in arb at his current production level. I think it is worth it to pay the guy that much recognizing potential for a big time break out year. That seems unlikely now, but I bet it is a gamble most teams are willing to take, so Francoeur has trade value that we would not want to forfeit by non-tendering him.

    There is also the matter on our team of having no real prospect ready to fill his shoes. The Braves’ dearth of outfielders should guarantee Frenchy a spot on this team next year.

  28. 28
    Cliff Says:

    Mac,

    On MiLB.com a few days ago, you could compare in the splits by month. That takes the 4 games waiting on the suspension ax to fall and sets them aside if you look at June. In June this year in AA as of Friday, he had an OPS over 1.000 (in 16 games). The April games were like 350 OPS.

    I wish they broke the left / right split for June out separately. IF a large part of his catastrophes against lefthanders were in April, then he may be ready to move up.

  29. 29
    Mike Says:

    Is anyone getting the CWS right now? ESPN has baseball tonight and ESPN2 has world series of poker.

  30. 30
    Mac Thomason Says:

    It’s on ESPN Classic, which is usually on a digital tier these days.

  31. 31
    Mike Says:

    That is not cool.

  32. 32
    ububba Says:

    Thanks, Mac. Didn’t think to look there. Here’s to an 18-inning game that gets suspended.

    Weird Stat of the Day:
    In his career as a Yankee, Andy Pettitte is 16-1 in final games of a regular-season series where the Yankees were facing a sweep. That was the case today & he won.

  33. 33
    Eric Says:

    Frenchy is batting 1 point higher (.246 to .245) than Greg freakin Norton. Wasn’t he supposed to be good.

  34. 34
    Hanan Says:

    In a clutch situation i’d take Norton all day right now over Frenchy. Frenchy’s biggest contributions of late have been a couple of HBP’s. At least Norton has driven in a few runs and had some extra base hits. He’s actually been a decent pickup, and he’s surpassed my admittedly low expectations.

  35. 35
    Hanan Says:

    Correction of the previous post: Replace “clutch” with “any”.

  36. 36
    Joshua Says:

    I wouldn’t actually be pissed off with Frenchy if it was just his average. The biggest problem with him now is that he’s been to the plate with so many men on third with less than 2 out and can’t get them home (over and over and over). It is beyond rediculous. I’ve gone out of my way to just turn the chanel when he is up to bat in that situation b/c I KNOW the outcome. Sad really.

  37. 37
    Joshua Says:

    Reyes against Sheets tomorrow – sheesh.

  38. 38
    phil Says:

    Do you think players from other teams yell “easy out” when frenchy comes to the plate?

  39. 39
    Joshua Says:

    And I am not knocking Reyes. He has been really good for us lately. It’s just that Sheets OWNS us.

  40. 40
    Hanan Says:

    It just irritates me how bad his AB’s are, over and over again. The other day Texas was trying to walk him, yet he was swinging at garbage as usual, and they bailed him out by hitting him. Also, against Washburn last night he had a long AB (about 7 pitches), but was never pitched a strike and grounded out weakly to SS.

    I realize learning the strike zone takes time, but he has 500 games or so under his belt and hasn’t improved in the slightest. Even more disturbing, it seems like he’s missed “mistakes” on fastballs left up and in the middle of the zone.

    I dunno…I’m just tired of this free swinging crap at anything between the batters boxes.

  41. 41
    Frank Says:

    I assume the use of Gonzo was just to get him regular work–he’s been pitching every 2-3 days as part of his comeback. The use of Ohman was more puzzling–he’s been one of the best relievers but he’s used with an 8-0 lead. That inning should have gone to Ring or Carlyle.

    Can we schedule some more off days for Monsieur Francoeur?

  42. 42
    Bethany Says:

    It seems like IF Frenchy gets a hit, it’s a jam shot that just manages to clear the infield. He’s never making good contact, even, as Hanan points out, when the pitches are mistakes.

    This was a weird game. I was worried about Hudson in the beginning, and then he pitches 7 shutout innings. It was also good to see the backups play well, and of course, to see Tex actually do something.

    I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game, even if Sheets is going to own us. I love watching JoJo pitch.

  43. 43
    Mac Thomason Says:

    So, who thinks that Francoeur now deserves a Secret Asian Dictator codename?

  44. 44
    Hanan Says:

    I didn’t have much problem with seeing Gonzo. He probably needs to get some work, and an 8-0 game is a good time to let a pitcher freshly back from the DL work on his repertoire. Better he work out the kinks in a blowout than in a close game. Assuming Bobby does;t blow his arm off like he is prone to do, I don’t have a problem with a reliever getting occasional work in a blowout game just to stay sharp.

    Ohman was a Bobby head-scratcher. He leads the league in appearances, but has been one of more reliable RP’s. I just didn’t see a reason to bring him in today when there are other more expendable options.

  45. 45
    Another Alex R. Says:

    You know what’s weird? Even though it seems like he never makes solid contact, Frenchy has an LD% of 21.6% and a BABIP of .273, so it’s possible that he’s been just slightly unlucky.

    On the other hand, I’d vote for Than Shwe.

  46. 46
    Godot Says:

    Since he kills rallies so mercilessly and effectively, I vote he be named after Mao Zedong.

    which ofocurse would also allow us to refer to him as Ze Dongey

  47. 47
    Bethany Says:

    AAR, can you explain those stats to me? If it’s not BA or OBP, I’m lost.

    Bobby might just have wanted to get a good outing from Ohman so he wasn’t festering over hit 5 run appearance a few days ago.

  48. 48
    braves14 Says:

    The main problem with Francoeur is that he is so dependent on batting average that if he isn’t hitting close to .300 he hurts the team.

    The average of .246 or whatever just shows how much he’s hurting the team.

  49. 49
    braves14 Says:

    Bethany, LD% means line drive percentage, and BABIP means batting average on balls in play. Most guys bat roughly around .300 on balls in play. Higher means a lot of good luck, lower means a lot of bad luck.

    Francoeur’s line drive percentage is about average, I think, so that means he’s hitting the ball hard enough when he puts it in play. (Most line drives end up being base hits.)

  50. 50
    Bethany Says:

    Huh, that’s interesting, thanks, braves14.

  51. 51
    Godot Says:

    Actually, a rule of thumb to estimate BABIP is to add 120 pts to the LD%. So the estimator says his BABIP should be in the 330 area.
    But watching him, na! He just doesn’t make enough solid contact, and he is not very fast. Underperforming expected BABIP is not always bad luck. Sometimes you make lot of poor contact, and that will bring it down, and almost certainly the case with Frenchy

  52. 52
    braves14 Says:

    Here’s an article from The Hardball Times which explains what some of the sabermetric statistics are.

    http://tinyurl.com/4b65e4

  53. 53
    Weldon Says:

    @18 AAR – Thanks for dredging that up. My favorite part of that post was people getting upset about the Urbina/Polanco trade…because they thought it was a terrible trade for Detroit. That lends a little levity to the situation.

  54. 54
    ricflair Says:

    Go Fresno State!! I do not know how much they will have left against Georgia.

  55. 55
    mraver Says:

    So, I have an awesome story. I was at the Durham Bulls game tonight (as I often am), and it was a rain delay. It really sucked, actually, all the rain. It rained right before the game was going to start, so there’s a 1 hour delay there, and then it started raining again later. Anyhow, I’m just hoping they could call it so I can go home.

    I had moved from my usual seats when to somewhere more protected from rain, and I had been sitting there for most of the game. Between pitches and such, my eyes tend to wander, and I had noticed that there was a smokin’ hot chick sitting a couple rows up and to my left sitting by herself. I had thought when I first noticed her that it was kinda weird for a girl (especially one this good-looking) to come to a ballgame by herself, and had been expecting some guy to join her at some point.

    Well, the 2nd rain delay hits, and I’ve got nothing to do. I notice that she’s still up there by herself, and eventually I work up the nerve to go up and start chatting with her. Turns out, she’s Ben Zobrist’s wife! (Zobrist just started rehabbing in Durham recently.) The section I had moved into (behind home plate, but not field-level) is evidently the “players’ family” section, and I guess there weren’t many families there that night (owing at least in part to he rain). Anyhow, we got to chatting a bit (her favorite MLB stadium is Seattle ’cause they’ve got the best food), and in addition to being married to Zobrist, she’s the sister of Braves prospect Jon Gilmore. (Gilmore was a supplemental round pick last year, and while he’s struggled thus far, his bat should come around eventually.) Totally wild. We chatted for a bit about what it’s like to be in baseball and such (which was all I could think of to talk about at the time). Eventually the game started back up again, and that was that.

    Still, awesome night! And now I know Braves prospect Jon Gilmore’s sister! :-D

  56. 56
    Frank Says:

    cool story–to say Gilmore has struggled is an understatement

    I lived in the Triangle roughly 88-97. I became a Braves fan seeing Blauser, Gant, Klesko etc. play at the old DAP.

  57. 57
    kc Says:

    If Frenchy is getting his rest, he may as well sit for the next game as well since he has no chance against Sheets.

    Mac, maybe we should start a poll on how many Ks will Sheets get. The chance of over 10 is pretty likely. Or the poll can be how many times Frenchy will get striked out by Sheets.

    Of course, the Braves can still pull off a win no matter how many Ks Sheets will get.

  58. 58
    jj3bagger Says:

    mraver, when I first started reading your story, I wasn’t sure what site I was on there for a minute. I definately didn’t think it was going to end up “I met Ben Zobrist’s wife.”

    Did you get her number ?? Just kidding.

  59. 59
    kc Says:

    I just realize Gant was a much better player than Frenchy will ever be…

  60. 60
    Jeff M. Says:

    Wow, kc, that’s depressing. I always thought Gant could have and should have been a better ballplayer than he ended up being, particularly after his motorcycle accident. The realization that he’s likely to be better than Frenchy just makes Frenchy seem that much worse–all potential and little if any product. Ugghh.

  61. 61
    Parish Says:

    Nice to hear that Frenchy’s LD% is that high. I am pretty sure that is not been that high lately.

    For a while, his XBH% was up and he was seeing more pitches per AB. That made me feel like he was improving marginally in some fundamentals. I think that it is possible he was on the path to better baseball, and bad luck helped him fall back into bad habits.

    Speculation, I know. Maybe, I should have left it at I am encouraged by Frenchy’s LD% which has certainly gone down during the recent slump.

  62. 62
    Another Alex R. Says:

    You know, Gant’s peak was very short — 1990 to 1996 — but at his peak, he was a very, very productive player. Of course, we’ve always had a bit of an inkling just exactly why he was so productive, but that’s neither here nor there. If Frenchy, or any Braves outfielder, gave us Gant’s peak production, I’d be exceedingly pleased.

  63. 63
    kc Says:

    Watching Gant’s at-bats were always very frustrating…watching Andruw’s at-bats were always very frustrating…watching Frenchy’s at-bats are always very !@#$%^& [for lack of a better “word”].

  64. 64
    kc Says:

    …I guess depressing is the right word to use there…but it’s beyond depressing…what’s the word for that?

  65. 65
    urlhix Says:

    suicidal?

  66. 66
    kc Says:

    Then we should all turn off our TV when Frenchy is up for his at-bat…for the sake of our general health…

  67. 67
    urlhix Says:

    I just laugh at him now, so it’s actually theraputic for me.

  68. 68
    kc Says:

    urlhix, I like your approach. I should learn from you!

  69. 69
    urlhix Says:

    That’s just how bad-ass weasels roll, dude.

  70. 70
    ububba Says:

    Wow, George Carlin died. I can honestly say that his old LP, “Class Clown,” got me thru Catholic school with my sanity.

    RIP, Mr. Carlin & thanks for the work.

  71. 71
    Jeremy Says:

    He was a gem.

    RIP, Mr. Carlin.

  72. 72
    ububba Says:

    And here’s Carlin’s classic “Baseball vs. Football” routine. Nobody understood or enjoyed the English language better than this guy.

    http://tinyurl.com/2kd63d

  73. 73
    Remy Says:

    Just the other day, Carlin was named as the latest recipient of the Twain Prize. You know he would have given a memorable acceptance speech.

    RIP, George Carlin.

    That routine about weather reports was pretty funny too.

  74. 74
    timo Says:

    Just looking through some Minor Leaugue stats.
    What’s the story of RHP Todd Redmond from Mississippi? His numbers are looking strong, haven’t heard of him before:

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Todd%20Redmond&pos=P&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=445170

  75. 75
    kc Says:

    He is the one we got back from the Bucs for Kali…not a scout favorite as far as talent, but he is putting up pretty good stats at AA…much beyond my expectation.

  76. 76
    Stephen Says:

    Redmond has been pitching reasonably well; I see him as another HoRam, but if he can pitch the way Horacio did when he first came up then he was a steal….

  77. 77
    kc Says:

    High hit allow-rate and flyball ratio…not a good combination…

  78. 78
    JC Says:

    PrOPS says Francoeur has been unlucky this year. I agree somewhat, but I think lately he’s let his “slump” get into his head. He looks worse at the plate than I have ever seen him. He used to at least hit mistakes.

  79. 79
    Stephen Says:

    Going back to an item from last week’s thread: Rohrbough missed his start due to an injury–which Shanks calls an ankle problem.

    Lets hope that it is nothing more than that…

  80. 80
    Seat Painter Says:

    Ahhh, the DAP.

    I was in school at UNC when Steve Avery came through Durham. I saw the game right before he got called up, and he was LaLooshian that night. Walked the bases loaded in the first, then struck out the next three on about 10 pitches. Then set down 17 out of the next 18. He was dominant.

    Fresno St. – Congrats on beating the Heels. All I’ll say about the CWS Finals is good luck to the Bulldogs! (Covering my bases.)

  81. 81
    Stephen Says:

    Here is a nice piece of Tyler Flowers big night for Myrtle Beach:

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080621&content_id=421022&vkey=news_l122&fext=.jsp&sid=l122

    I really wish that we still have Draft and Follow….

  82. 82
    csg Says:

    more Soriano trouble..just shut him down or give him TJ surgery. He’ll probably need the surgery around the all star break, which will mean he’ll miss all of next year also

    Tidbits
    Outfielder Matt Diaz will meet with Braves physician Marvin Royster on Monday to assess his rehabilitation. Diaz said he expects to be given a new brace for his injured left knee that would allow him to begin all baseball-related activities. He said he may be back before the All-Star break, instead of after the break, as was originally thought. He has been on the disabled list since May 28 with a posterior cruciate ligament sprain in his left knee. … Braves manager Bobby Cox didn’t know the status of reliever Rafael Soriano, who still has discomfort in his pitching (right) elbow. Soriano said Saturday that he feels elbow pain even while playing catch.

  83. 83
    Marc Schneider Says:

    Gant had significant weaknesses but he was definitely a productive player–much better than Frenchy. And, if I recall, he took away a home run to save a 1-0 win during the stretch run in 1993.

    I just have to note the latest “Joe Morganisms.” During the Cubs-White Sox game last night, Morgan is talking about the Cubs record at home (31-8 at that point) and then noting that the Cubs have a lot more road games than home games left. Actually, they had played 39 home games and 36 road games–yeah, Joe, that’s some real discrepency. And, he said that despite the fact that the Cubs’ home/road records were on the screen so all he had to do was add.

    The second thing was Mark Derosa was playing second last night and Morgan notes that he has always been a good hitter and now he finally has a position. Uh, Joe, if you had been paying attention, Derosa has been playing all over; he is not the regular second baseman but he plays somewhere almost every day.

    Does this guy do any research at all? He just continually talks off the top of his head and ESPN continues to allow him to make these egregious mistakes of fact. I assume Jon Miller doesn’t want to show him up by correcting his mistakes but someone ought to tell him that he needs to make at least some effort to know what he is talking about.

    I guess Francoeur is modeling his baseball career after Joe Morgan’s broadcasting rather than his playing career.

  84. 84
    Smitty Says:

    I think Frenchy will get better, well he has to, can’t go lower.

  85. 85
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Never tell Jeff Francoeur there’s something he can’t do.

  86. 86
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Meanwhile, in Texas…

  87. 87
    mraver Says:

    Feliz continues to excel.

    But it’s looking somewhat like he might be the only minor leaguer they got in that deal worth caring about. Which isn’t what it was looking like earlier this year. Andrus continues to not hit, and Harrison’s components are horrible.

    Salty can hit okay, but I don’t think he’s progressing very well behind the plate (hell, we ran all over him), so he may not turn out all that great after all.

    I dunno. I expressed trepidation about the deal when it occurred, but I also remember getting excited about it in the end. I think it we make the playoffs this year, then screw it, the deal was fine.

    If we don’t… well, at least we may have been the ones to figure out how to solve Texas’ pitching issue. >_<

  88. 88
    Josh Says:

    LOL @ 85…maybe Francoeur will crash on a mysterious island and miraculously be able to discern the strike zone.

  89. 89
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Deserted islands may be able to make handicapped people suddenly able to walk, but nothing will ever make Jeff Francoeur walk.

  90. 90
    Alex R. Says:

    If Frenchy landed on the island, Hurley’s response might be, “woa, dude, who taught you about the strike zone?”

  91. 91
    Stephen Says:

    Feliz was our best power arm and Andrus is only 19 and too young to give up on. Harrison had hit a plateau last year and Beau Jones continues to be an engima….I just hope that we saw the real Tex last night….

  92. 92
    Adam M Says:

    @86

    Between that and Carlin, I’m in kind of a foul mood today.

  93. 93
    c. shorter Says:

    89 — zing

  94. 94
    Remy Says:

    Mac, I like the new tag line.

  95. 95
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Thanks. I wish I knew what it meant.

  96. 96
    barrycuda Says:

    “I dont have pet peeves, I have major psychotic hatreds”……George Carlin……………RIP George

  97. 97
    CHill Says:

    @ 83. You know that Joe has an honorary Doctorate(from Cal State East Bay???) so everything he says has to be right.

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    ububba Says:

    Maybe Ichiro didn’t show it this weekend & maybe he’s running out of steam at “an old 34,” but he’s always been my favorite guy to watch. I always make sure my season-ticket group gets the Seattle game(s).

    I’ve seen him throw out guys at 3rd & home, I’ve seen him beat out a routine grounder to second base, I’ve seen him hit HRs & generally drive the Yanks batty on the basepaths.

    And if he gets to 200 hits this year, that’ll be 8 seasons in a row—only one other player has done that. Throw in a .330 lifetime average (not to mention a portion of right-fielder envy) and I don’t think one bad weekend will sully my impression of him.

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    Mac Thomason Says:

    Maybe.

    But I finally figured out what Ichiro’s play on the Norton double reminded me of. In RBI Baseball, I once hit a bunt (with Eric Davis, I think) that somehow got past the infielders. And the infielder closest to the ball chased it and chased it but could never catch it, and because of the programming the outfielders were all running away from the ball, so the infielder wound up chasing it all the way to the wall and I scored an inside the park homer.

    Ichiro played that ball like that infielder.

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    Nick Says:

    Ichiro has been a remarkable player ever since he came here. This series was by far the worst I’ve ever seen him play. I kind of get the feeling that he’s not too enthused with the way the team has gone this year, and might be frustrated and therefore dogging it a bit because of that.

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    Mac Thomason Says:

    I am proud to report that over the last two weeks, “Francoeur Sucks” has become the most-searched term to find this site after only “Braves Journal”.

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    Tony Says:

    Ichiro plays soft to me…

    So the Braves have won two straight. Francouer has to get the night off against Sheets tonite…right? Oh great…Prince Fielder is hitting HRs again…

    The Mets get the Mariners next…so the Braves have to do well against the Brewers. Then the Braves get the Blue Jays no Roy..

    A day night doubleheader on Friday for the Mets…1st game in the Bronx, 2nd game in Queens. I’m excited..

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    Bethany Says:

    The Braves announcers kept puzzling over the high attendance this weekend, but I think it’s pretty obvious that people wanted to see Ichiro play.

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    csg Says:

    yeah I wanted to watch Ichiro play and I got to see him show off some speed. He stole 2nd twice on Saturday and both times he was on the bag before Kelly even caught the throw. I dont see why he would bust it on every play when he knows, and everyone else knows, that this team is getting broken up by the new GM. Im sure he wants to win and seeing the manager and GM fired it doesnt help. Sexson and Beltre suck and no ones helping the guy. I can see how its hard to get motivated everyday

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    ububba Says:

    Ichiro took a bad route to a ball. I’ve seen Andruw Jones do that in his prime. A game at Yankee Stadium comes to mind. Happens.

    Tony,
    When did Ichiro become a small forward?

    FWIW, when his time in MLB is done, Ichiro will make for an interesting HoF debate. I say he’ll make it.

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    CharlesP Says:

    ohhhh that will be an interesting HoF debate. I don’t think they let him in on first ballot, but I think if he has another 3-4 years of his “usual production” in him he should certainly be in.

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    Tony Says:

    Yea Ichiro will get in the Hall…and Bethany u are right about fans coming to see Ichiro.

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    Smitty Says:

    I wanted to go see him play. I think our pitchers did a great job keeping him in check.

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    Stephen Says:

    Ichiro will make it in and it would not surprise me if eventually his HOF plaque will note some of his achievements in Japanese baseball. More generally, he represents or embodies the trend for East Asian baseball to become increasingly related to Major League Baseball. I would be suprised if this trend does not accelerate in coming decades–possibly with a mlb franschises located in the Pacific. Whether that trajectory develops, I think it clear that Ichiro will be remembered as part of the further internationalization of the sport.

    I look forward to getting KC’s take on this–even though I don’t think baseball is as big in Hong Kong as other parts of the Pacific rim.

    In any event, I love watching Ichiro play and hope that he gives us many more exciting years….

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    Mac Thomason Says:

    Game thread is up.

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